Landscaping Efforts Continue at the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
A bird finds rests at the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple, perched atop the outstretched trumpet of the angel Moroni statue. Far below, the temple grounds are coming to life with the addition of grass sod and leafy plants. Numerous pavers have been laid, lamp post bases have been secured, and retaining walls painted. When the temple is dedicated, it will relieve demands on the Accra Ghana Temple, which currently serves 67 stakes and 29 districts in Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Benin, and Senegal.
Setting Sun at the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
The steeple of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple stands steadfastly over Rue I30 in the commune of Cocody while rays of the setting sun emit a golden glow across the neighborhood. Ivorian Saints are organized into 18 stakes and 15 districts. They look forward to the completion of the country's first temple, as they currently participate in temple ordinance work at the Accra Ghana Temple, located 330 miles (530 kilometers) to the east. Work continues on the building's interior and surrounding grounds.
Elder Christofferson Tours the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
On Saturday, February 25, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with priesthood leaders in the West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire and toured the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple with his wife, Sister Katherine Christofferson. Some of the interior work that is completed or underway includes hanging drywall, installing door and windows casings, attaching crown moldings, and securing vent covers.
Landscaping Progress at the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Thick pieces of stone sit in orderly piles on a retaining wall at the west end of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple grounds. Tarps have been laid to protect the paver stones that were laid between the concrete edgings of the walkways while landscaping efforts continue. Irrigation lines are being run, more plants have been added. Construction of the temple has been underway for over 50 months.
Palm Trees Planted on the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Grounds
Formal grounds are taking shape around the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple. Walkway pavers have been laid and curbing installed. In the garden spaces next to the temple, palm trees are taking root, and a variety of other plants are being placed in the ground. Church members in Côte d'Ivoire currently travel to the neighboring country of Ghana to participate in temple ordinances at the Accra Ghana Temple.
West Plaza of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Significant progress has been made on the west plaza of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple. Pavers have been laid in a beautiful pattern around a semicircular planter and staircase. Couples and families who have been sealed will exit through the doorway on the south where a temporary construction door is being used. The temple is one of two under construction in West Africa, the other being the Freetown Sierra Leone Temple.
Monument Sign Base for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
On the north side of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple, the concrete base for the monument sign sits along Rue I30 in line with the temple entrance. The ornamental fence and retaining wall jog in at the sign, creating a garden space for the flowers that will be planted. Construction of the temple began four years ago with a groundbreaking ceremony presided by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Exterior Painted Off-White
Recent photographs of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple show the newly painted off-white exterior of the building. The west side can be seen through a narrow opening between the eaves of the stake center and the top of the corrugated tin construction barrier. The temple in Abidjan is the only temple to have a palladium-leafed statue of Moroni instead of the traditional gold leaf. The building has been under construction for almost four years.
North Side View of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
A recent look at the north side of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple shows the progress that is being made on the exterior. A beautiful geometric relief is visible along the tops of the walls and around the entry doorway. At the top of the doorway, an overhead panel is inscribed with the French words: Sainteté au Seigneur – La Maison du Seigneur. With the ornamental fence in place, the temporary tin barrier has been removed from the north side.
Landscaping the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Grounds
Trees have been removed and irrigation lines installed along the south side of the Cocody stake center in preparation for new landscaping that will coordinate with the grounds of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple. The exterior walls of the services building have been plastered and are visible over the construction barrier. A small portion of the south end of the temple can also be seen just beyond the stake center.
Window Moldings and Panels Installed on the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Decorative moldings and panels have been installed around the windows on the west side of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple. Concrete block is still visible in the recessed areas around the window groupings, which will eventually be primed and painted in the main exterior color. Ornamental grills will be installed over the windows similar to the Yigo Guam Temple and Praia Cape Verde Temple.
West Side View of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Building materials are stacked on and around the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple to support the continued construction of the country's first temple. Cored concrete block can be seen in the foreground near the gathering plaza on the west side. Scaffolding remains around the steeple and exterior walls. Abidjan is one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa. There are 16 stakes and 17 districts that operate in the country.
Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Steeple Painted
The steeple of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple has changed from a dark gray to a warm cream color as progress is made on plastering and painting the exterior of the building. Ornamental lintels and moldings have been installed around the window openings while work continues on the interior and on the grounds. It is only temple currently under construction in West Africa, but plans have been announced for five more temples in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Painting the Exterior Walls of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Scaffolding is seen along the west side of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple that provides platforms for the construction workers who continue to install ornamentation and apply plaster to the exterior walls. Several wall sections that sit above the base course have been painted a light cream color. A door on the west wall provides an exit for couples who have been sealed to an outside garden area featuring a semicircular planter and steps that lead to the grounds between the temple and stake center.
Exterior Details Added to the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Recent photographs of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple reveal the subtle details that are appearing on the exterior walls. A bas-relief triangle pattern can be seen along the west face just below the roofline on the north end, and recessed stone at the corners of the tower is creating an etched effect. Windows have been installed to protect the work progressing on the interior.
A Tale of Two Steeples in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The steeples of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple and Cocody Côte d'Ivoire Stake Center are captured together in a new photograph taken from the northwest corner of the Church complex. The stake center was built in 2008–2009 with a grassy field in the rear that offered just enough space to construct a temple. Construction continues on both the temple and a Church services building that claimed a portion of the parking lot.
Plastering the Exterior Walls of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Cored concrete block has been attached to the reinforced concrete exterior walls of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple over the past several months, creating recessed areas around the window openings that will later be filled with ornamental trim. Along the upper mid-section of the temple, the block is being plastered and coated to create a smooth surface. The Church services building being built next to the stake center is progressing alongside the temple.
Moroni Is Installed Atop the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
A uniquely colored statue of the angel Moroni was attached to the new steeple of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple today. Figures of the same angelic messenger were installed two days ago on the Richmond Virginia Temple and last month on the Pocatello Idaho Temple. On the west side of the temple, the grounds are being hardscaped, and temporary glass has been installed in the window openings to protect the work progressing on the interior.
Steeple Attached to the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
The Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple is preparing for its future mission, having grown a foot or two this week. The lattice-patterned steeple was hoisted into place by crane and secured to the concrete tower that sits over the entrance.
Preparing for Landscaping Around the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
An excavator has dug a sizable hole on the west side of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple, as crews prepare for the hard landscaping and supporting utilities that will be installed around the building. A base molding has been installed around the exterior of the temple as interior work moves forward. The concrete structure for the services building has been completed, and rough interior work has begun on some units.
Sunset at the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
The sun sets at the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple construction site, filling the sky with faint hues of yellow and blue. The temple sits high on a gently sloping hillside and will feature a tall pyramidal spire, making it a highly visible landmark in the neighborhood. Progress is being made on the interior including the plastering of walls. Construction began just over two years ago, and members eagerly look forward to its completion.
Construction of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple and Services Building
The exterior walls are in place for the services building under construction next to the stake center for the Cocody Côte d'Ivoire Stake. In front of the building sits a pile of pavers that were removed from the parking lot to make way for the structure. Behind the stake center, the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple continues to be built. To create a larger staging area, the construction barrier was relocated immediately adjacent to the sidewalk running along the rear side of the meetinghouse.
Plastering Underway Inside the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Bags of plaster can be seen stacked inside the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple, which are being used to coat the interior walls and create a smooth surface. Concrete blocks are being set to form the exterior walls of the adjoining auxiliary building that will house a Distribution Center. Work at the temple is carefully inspected to ensure accuracy and quality.
Auxiliary Building at the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
At the end of 2019, a portion of the parking lot surrounding the stake center next to the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple was removed, and the tin construction barrier was extended to include this piece of land. For the past several months, construction has been underway on that ground of an auxiliary building that will house a distribution center and other Church-related offices. Structural concrete columns have been poured for the building, and metal posts are helping to support a growing roof structure.
Waterproofing the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
A black waterpoofing membrane is being applied to the exterior concrete walls of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple to provide protection against the high humidity of the country's coastal region. Crews have also been at work inside the building, which features a full basement level and main floor level. Local members hope to see the temple completed next year.
Tower Walls Poured for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
Construction of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple moves forward including the addition of the concrete tower walls that will support the heaven-pointing spire and help the sacred structure stand apart from the adjoining meetinghouse. Work has begun on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, as crews are roughing in air ducts.
Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Tower Rising
The first section of concrete has been poured for the tower of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple, and forms and rebar are in place for the next pour. The tower will be topped by a tall tapering spire and a figure of the angel Moroni. Inside the building, concrete block walls are being constructed.
Concrete Block Walls Inside the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
The concrete structure for the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple continues to grow behind the stake center for the Cocody Côte d'Ivoire Stake. Block walls are being erected inside the building, and raised concrete pillars have been poured from the tower to the rear of the building. Work continues on waterproofing and protecting the foundation, which is backfilled as the work is completed.
Backfilling the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Foundation
The small mountain of red-colored excavation dirt that has sat next to the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple for the past several months is now shrinking in size, as earth-moving equipment backfills the completed foundation and brings the ground level with the stake center property. Interior structural support is visible for the raised portion of the building that runs directly behind the tower.
Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple Tower
Steel reinforcing bar and concrete forms have been installed in preparation for pouring the base walls of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple tower. Following a year of construction, the majority of the concrete exterior is completed. The exposed foundation will be backfilled, creating a slope on the west side of the temple and leaving the ground level with the stake center on the east side.