I have been so poorly today, and a few of the children have too, but we couldn’t come to Salt Lake City and miss the opportunity to go to Temple Square.
Temple Square is a National Historic Landmark District, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The square encompasses 35 acres of beautiful gardens, buildings and visitor’s centres. At the centre of the square is the Temple – the house of the Lord.
With so much to see, we started by walking around the temple. The temple took 40 years to build (1853-1893) and is absolutely stunning. Visitors are not allowed tours of the inside building, but there is a lot of information about the construction, and what the inside looks like, at the South Visitor’s Center.
We went to the North Visitor’s Centre where there were displays to learn more about Jesus Christ.
We went inside the tabernacle. The tabernacle is a building that was used for conferences and church meetings before The Church built a 21,000 seat conference centre in 2000.
The conference centre is also available for guided tours. It is used for church conferences in April and October, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice there twice a week. It is a large auditorium, built without columns so nobody has an obstructed view. Inside the corridors there are fountains, sculptures and original artwork.
There is so much to see. We were hoping to go to the Church History Museum, but what we did manage to see today took several hours.
There is a Temple Square Website that provides all the information you might need if you are thinking of visiting.