Salt Lake Temple

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This neo-Gothic centerpiece of Temple Square is an imposing sight that is closed to the general public, but highly revered by followers of the Mormon Church.

Salt Lake Temple is famous for its epic construction that took 39 years to complete. The granite building is one of the earlier temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It’s the centerpiece of Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City. Only Mormons can enter the building, but sightseers can admire the sculptures adorning its exterior. Go to the South Visitors’ Center next door to learn about the building’s history.Mormons from all over the world have come to this esteemed building to worship for over 120 years. The first Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake City area in 1847, when it was still part of Mexico. Establishing an illustrious temple was important to the pioneers’ faith. Pack animals carried huge granite blocks down the canyon to the construction site. There were several setbacks during the building process, including the Utah War in 1858. The temple was finally completed in 1892 and dedicated the following year.The result of all those years of painstaking work is evident in the temple’s features. The spires are more than 200 feet (60 meters) tall and the building covers more than 200,000 square feet (nearly 19,000 square meters). The exterior reflects the style of a neo-Gothic castle, with ornate symbolic carvings and elaborate sculptures. Read the gold-lettered inscriptions on the building look for carvings of the “all-seeing eye” and “secret handshake.” These symbols were borrowed from the Freemasons and have been given a Mormon interpretation. Those of Mormon faith can enter the temple to see the Celestial Room and partake in endowment rituals. The Tabernacle building at the temple’s base was completed in 1875. This building has almost perfect acoustics and houses a large timber pipe organ. Tour the Tabernacle with a guide, or attend a choir rehearsal on Thursday evenings.The South Visitors’ Center, open daily, has photographs of the Salt Lake Temple’s interior and information about its construction. The Salt Lake Temple is in the center of the city and easily reached by public transport. Parking is limited.

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Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
3 out of 5
122 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $110 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Salt Lake City. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,233 reviews)
"I liked that this property was clean, however we were met at the front desk with housekeeping not taking care of rooms for long term stays due to covid. I was recently at a Marriott and had a housekeeper daily to freshen up the room. Also It would have been nice to have a dining option at least for ..."

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Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $117 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Salt Lake City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the WiFi in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,892 reviews)
"Gum on floor of room, hairs everywhere, bathroom floor had a lot of crumbs. My husband and I both said it seemed like maybe the maids were rushed or lazy. Other than than, no other complaints worth noting."

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The Grand America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
5 out of 5
555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
The price is $319 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Salt Lake City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (972 reviews)
"This property was beautiful and close to everything downtown."

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The Grand America Hotel
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Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
3 out of 5
122 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $110 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
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Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $117 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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5 out of 5
555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
The price is $319 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
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Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City
Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City
3 out of 5
230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $149 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
4 out of 5
215 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $141 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
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Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
4 out of 5
255 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $141 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
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Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
4 out of 5
75 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $149 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
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Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway
3 out of 5
55 N 400 West St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $193 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
15 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $199 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, an IHG Hotel
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