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Historic Temple Square

This ten-acre block located in the middle of downtown Salt Lake City is Utah's number one tourist attraction. Located in the center of the square is the 6-spire granite Salt Lake Temple, adjacent to the temple is the domed shape Tabernacle, which is home to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Tabernacle Organ.  Temple Square also features the Assembly Hall located south of the tabernacle, the North Visitor's Center and the South Visitor's Center.  Several monuments and statues are also located through the grounds portraying significant events of the Mormon Church.  Forty-five minute free tours of the square begin every 5 to 10 minutes at the 100-foot flagpole in the center of the block.  Christmas lights decorate Temple Square every year for the holiday season.

For more information call the temple square visitor's center at (801) 240-2534


Salt Lake Temple

The magnificent Salt Lake Temple stands as one of Salt Lake City's oldest and most recognized building structures.  Construction of the temple began in 1853 under the direction of Brigham Young and took 40 years to complete.  The temple was constructed of granite hauled by oxcart from a quarry located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City.  Temples are considered sacred sites to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and thus only worthy members are allowed to enter.  Sacred ordinances such as marriage are performed within the temple.  Visitors are encouraged to visit the visitor centers to learn more about the temple and overall beliefs of the LDS Church.



The Tabernacle

The domed shaped tabernacle sits adjacent to the temple.  Construction on the Tabernacle began in 1863 and ended in 1875.   The Tabernacle had been home to the LDS semiannual conferences up until the construction of a new 21,000 seat facility north of temple square.  Among the many unique features of the tabernacle are its incredible acoustics, the ceiling is made of plaster and steamed, wooden planks lashed together with rawhide thongs, and wooden pegs which amplify the sound throughout the whole building.  The Tabernacle is home to an 11,623 brass pipe organ as well as the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle ChoirOrgan recitals are presented Monday-Saturday at noon and Sundays at 2:00 pm.  The public is also invited to attend the Tabernacle Choir rehearsals on Thursdays beginning at 8:00 pm.  Visitors may also attend the Tabernacle Choir network broadcast held on Sundays at 9:30 am (guests must be seated by 9:15).  Mormon Youth Chorus & Symphony mini-concerts are presented at 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.



The Assembly Hall

The Assembly Hall was completed in 1877 and was one of the first meeting houses built by the early pioneer settlers.  The gothic-styled building was constructed from granite that was left over from the construction of the temple and it features lovely stained-glass windows.  The Assembly Hall now serves as an overflow to the church's semiannual conference.  The Assembly Hall is also the location for the Temple Square Concert Series which are held most Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are not required, but admittance is for those 8 years of age and older.  During the Christmas season, concerts are held Tuesday - Saturday.  For more information contact the visitor center at (801) 240-2534.


Handcart Monument

Sitting outside the Assembly Hall is the Handcart  Monument.  The monument is a tribute to the pioneers who crossed the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City seeking religious freedom.

Seagull Monument

The Seagull Monument is located in front of the Assembly Hall.  The monument stands in memory of an event that occurred in 1848 when seagulls saved the crops of the early pioneers by eating crickets that were attacking the crops.



North Visitor's Center

The North Visitor's Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  The highlight of the visitor center is an 11-foot Christus statue which sits atop a ramp leading to the Visitor's center upper level.  On the top level of the visitor center are paintings that depict the life of Christ.  The main floor has paintings depicting Old Testament stories and the lower level offers visitors various interactive displays about church beliefs.


The Christus

The 11 foot marble replica of  Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1768-1844) sits on the top level of the North Visitor's center.  The statue presents the LDS belief in Jesus Christ.  Christ is presented with outstretched arms, inviting all to come unto Him.


South Visitor's Center

You are invited to view two new exhibits in the recently remodeled South Visitors' Center. "Building the Salt Lake Temple" uses interactive displays and original artifacts to tell the story of how the Salt Lake Temple was built by pioneers. "The Family" explains the importance of families in the Lord's plan for His children and offers practical answers and sound principles to guide you in strengthening your family.


For more information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints visit the Church's Official Website