As the Lisbon Portugal Temple prepares to open to the public, new photographs of the interior have been released. Information regarding the open house, cultural celebration, and dedication have also been announced.
A free open house will begin Saturday, August 17, and run through Saturday, August 31, 2019, except for Sundays August 18 and 25. Open house hours are 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; the public may make reservations at churchofjesuschrist.org/temples/open-houses.
Colors throughout the temple are gold, blue, ochre and lavender. Designs are based on derivatives of azulejo tile star patterns, which are indigenous to Portugal and reflect the region’s Moorish heritage.
The stone tile, in creams and warm and light browns, is from Spain, Italy and Turkey. Ceilings throughout the temple feature cove or pendant lighting. Crystal chandeliers in the celestial and sealing rooms are by Swarovski Lighting of New York, and fixtures were provided by Crenshaw Lighting in the United States.
The temple’s exterior is covered with Portuguese Moleanos limestone, quarried from a location near Lisbon and fabricated by the Portuguese company Solancis. The temple reflects the architecture of the late Art Deco and Modern periods.
Interior and exterior art glass have deeply etched and carved patterns with added gold leaf to highlight the designs. They too are based on tile patterns native to Portugal.
The building is 49 feet tall and includes a 134-foot gold-leafed spire with the angel Moroni statue at the top.
The Lisbon Portugal Temple is in the northeastern part of the city, in Parque das Nações, on Avenida Dom João II, Lot 4.72.00 Nations Park, 1990-364 Moscavide, Lisbon.
This temple will be a new landmark in the history of the Church in Portugal.
More than 45,000 Latter-day Saints living in Portugal, including the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, and in neighboring countries, will be served by the new temple.
President Monson announced the Lisbon Portugal Temple at the October 2010 general conference.
After the open house, the temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, September 15, 2019; a youth devotional will be held Saturday, September 14. The Lisbon Portugal Temple will be the Church’s 166th operating temple.
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