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Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square is a 10 acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints otherwise known as the Mormons or LDS Church.

I grew up in Utah and under the shadow of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormons as they are sometimes known). It is interesting to think of a modern-day religion having such a powerful influence on a community. While I have since moved away from Salt Lake City, when I go back and visit I am always drawn to the buildings and area around Temple Square.

I still have an appreciation for what the church means to Salt Lake City, and from a strictly architectural position, the Temple is quite unique and certainly interesting to photograph. As I was wandering around in the snow and the cold, someone was kind enough to point out to me that I could get a shot of the temple from the top floor of the Joseph Memorial Building and stay out of the storm. Even though the visibility is somewhat limited, I was still very happy with the results.

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square is a 10 acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints otherwise known as the Mormons or LDS Church. The main feature of the complex is the Salt Lake Temple. The building took exactly 40 years to complete with the cornerstone being laid on April 6, 1853 and the final dedication on April 6, 1893.

The building is not open to public tours but you may tour the grounds which feature statues, fountains, and several other buildings around the temple. THe visitors center features a replica of The Christus, a statue of Jesus Christ by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen.

The Salt Lake Tabernacle is known as a nearly acoustically perfect building. During a tour of the building the guide dropped a pin on the pulpit near the front of the building and it was clearly audible from the rear of the building.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building was once home to the Hotel Utah and sits just outside Temple Square. Named for the founder of the LDS church it is now used for administrative purposes. However part of the building is open to the public including the lobby and an observation deck which allows for a good view of Temple Square.

Find out more about Temple Square here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Square

written by graycard


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    Thanks for the article. As a local, It's nice to see how SLC and the LDS culture affects people. This area is truly one of a kind.

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    I grew up LDS and have since left the church. I don't necessarily agree with everything the Mormon church does, but their architecture is beautiful. It's amazing that they were able to build an acoustically perfect structure like the tabernacle in that day and age. (Regardless of the time it took to build it) Thanks for the post!
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