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Temple Square
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Temple Square which includes a fountain, heritage architecture and a garden

This historical central square spans three city blocks, with gardens and some of the most significant buildings of the Mormon Church.

The tall spirals of the ornate Salt Lake Temple are a landmark in Temple Square. This gathering place is of great importance to Mormons and fascinating for all visitors interested in history and architecture. The 35 acres (14 hectares) includes some historical and sacred Mormon buildings. Explore the neo-Gothic temple, the domed Tabernacle, and the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Stroll among gardens and flowerbeds in summer.

The land on which Temple Square sits has been an integral part of the Mormon faith since 1847, when Mormon pioneers from Illinois arrived in Utah under the leadership of Brigham Young. The church president instantly picked this place to become the religion’s sacred center in Utah. Young’s gravesite is in the Mormon Pioneer Memorial, and a commemorative statue overlooks the square. His mansion, the Beehive House, is now a museum.

Visit the Temple, the centerpiece of the square. Go next door to the North Visitors’ Center to learn more about Mormon culture. The domed center was once a temporary annex to the temple. Volunteers point tourists in the direction of key attractions. The South Visitors’ Center focuses on family relations, which is an integral part of the Mormon religion.

The fascinating Church History Museum showcases Mormon artifacts and artwork. During summer, join a free tour of the colorful gardens with reflecting pool on the Main Street Plaza. The soaring Church Office Building, the LDS headquarters, offers superb views from its observation deck. At the end of the day, enjoy dinner inside the impressive Joseph Smith Memorial Building. You can also listen to a moving performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the domed Tabernacle building or in the Conference Center.

Temple Square is open daily. Check the LDS website for visitor center opening hours. Most sites are closed on Sundays. Parking in the city center can be expensive and difficult to find, but there are numerous public transport options.

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4 out of 5
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The price is $99 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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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
The price is $79 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
3 out of 5
230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $97 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $99 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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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
The price is $79 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
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3 out of 5
230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $97 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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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
The price is $122 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
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The Grand America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
5 out of 5
555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $249 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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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
The price is $110 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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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
The price is $119 per night from May 14 to May 15
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
15 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $159 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
206 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $104 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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