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Walls Poured for Antofagasta Chile Temple Mechanical Level

The walls for the mechanical level of the Antofagasta Chile Temple are rising above the building's second floor roof while rebar has been set for the parapet. West of the temple, the ground floor walls for the ancillary building are making progress. Visitors are welcomed at the construction site where they may ask questions and watch construction through the windows of the observation room.

Building the Second Level Walls for the Antofagasta Chile Temple

The exterior walls of the Antofagasta Chile Temple have reached the second level. The west wall has been poured and cured with regularly spaced window openings, and forms have been set for the east wall. Rebar is rising over the temple entrance where the steeple will be located. The basement walls for the ancillary building are in place, and crews are installing the floor at the ground level.

Second Level Floor Slab Poured for the Antofagasta Chile Temple

The concrete floor slab has been poured and cured for the second level of the Antofagasta Chile Temple while forms have been set for the basement walls of the ancillary building. Rows of steel bar are neatly stacked in the area between the temple and ancillary building for use in reinforcing the walls and floors. Watch a recent video that gives an overhead view of the temple site, starting over the crashing ocean waves.

Aerial Footage of the Antofagasta Chile Temple Site

Watch a recently posted video providing aerial footage of the rising Antofagasta Chile Temple and housing facility. The concrete structural walls are largely in place for the main floor of the temple, and footings are being poured for the housing facility. Antofagasta is a long and narrow city, sandwiched between the beautiful ocean and mountains. The temple is being constructed on the north side of the city near an oceanside park named Jardines del Norte.

Setting Rebar for the Structural Walls of the Antofagasta Chile Temple

The beautiful rocky shores of Chile's northern coast are just steps away from the site of the rising Antofagasta Chile Temple and accommodation center. The temple foundation is complete, and the concrete slab for the main floor has been poured. Reinforcing steel bar is being set for the structural walls of both buildings. The temple is the third to be constructed in the nation of Chile, and a fourth has been announced for western Santiago.

Pouring the Foundation Walls for the Antofagasta Chile Temple

The first concrete walls for the foundation of the Antofagasta Chile Temple have been poured and cured. Forming continues for the rest of the foundation. Tower cranes stand at each end of the property, one next to the temple and the other next to the housing facility. Before construction of the temple could begin, several existing structures were demolished, and the site was cleared.

A Drone View of the Antofagasta Chile Temple Site

An overhead view of the Antofagasta Chile Temple site shows the progress being made on the foundations for the temple and its accompanying buildings and the pair of tower cranes that will be instrumental in their construction. The property is located on Las Palmeras, a beautiful boulevard-style street that features palm trees and street lamps in a grassy median. The coastal city of Antofagasta is home to approximately 400,000 residents.

Construction Advancements on the Antofagasta Chile Temple

Excavation has been completed for the Antofagasta Chile Temple, and concrete forms are on site, ready to be installed for the foundation walls. Excavation continues for the accommodation center with trucks removing large quantities of dirt and rocks.

Antofagasta Chile Temple Site Prepared for Excavation

Excavation lines have been drawn for the Antofagasta Chile Temple ahead of the arrival of heavy machinery to carry out the excavations. In addition to a temple, other supporting buildings will be constructed on site including an accommodation center. The temple will rise just east of the coastline and be the third constructed in Chile. A fourth was recently announced for the capital city of Santiago, which will be the city's second temple.

Construction to Begin on the Antofagasta Chile Temple

Construction trailers have arrived at the Antofagasta Chile Temple site, as the general contractor prepares for large-scale construction. The groundbreaking event for the temple was held ten months ago in November 2020, and members have been looking forward to the beginning of construction with great anticipation. Structures that formerly occupied the site have already been demolished.

Demolition Moving Forward at the Site of the Antofagasta Chile Temple

Preparations are underway to demolish the final remaining residential structure at the site of the future Antofagasta Chile Temple. The formal groundbreaking on the project was held almost four months ago, following weeks of preliminary construction that razed other abandoned structures and cleared debris and vegetation from the land.

Groundbreaking Carried Out for the Antofagasta Chile Temple

"We should be grateful with our Father for having chosen Antofagasta as a place to be a light to the nations," said Elder Juan Pablo Villar of the South America South Area presidency at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Antofagasta Chile Temple on Friday, November 27, 2020. The 23,000-square-foot building will be constructed on a 2.2-acre site on Avenida de Las Palmeras, becoming the country's third temple. In his site dedicatory prayer, Elder Villar said, "I invite us all to…remove the rocks that weaken our foundation and prepare our spirits with firm foundations to support life's trials and to stand tall in the face of the adversity."

Demolition Underway at the Antofagasta Chile Temple Site

Preliminary construction activity continues at the Antofagasta Chile Temple site where another vacated structure is being demolished. An excavator pulls debris into a large pile for removal. The property is being prepared for next month's groundbreaking ceremony, which will formally mark the beginning of the temple's construction.

Scrubbing the Walls Around the Antofagasta Chile Temple Site

The Saints of northern Chile are thrilled for construction to begin next month on the Antofagasta Chile Temple. The site is being prepared by removing graffiti and cleaning the interior surfaces of the fences and walls that surround the property. The dignified design of the temple seems to draw inspiration from both Spanish colonial and early pioneer architecture—even featuring an inscription stone above the entrance that is reminiscent of the Salt Lake Temple dedication plaque.

Church Leaders to Break Ground on the Antofagasta Chile Temple

In November 2020, Elder Juan Pablo Villar of the South America South Area presidency will preside over the groundbreaking for the Antofagasta Chile Temple. The two-story, 23,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 2.2-acre parcel on Avenida de Las Palmeras in Antofagasta. The blessings of the temple will be brought much closer to the Saints of Antofagasta who currently travel approximately 830 miles (1,335 kilometers) to the Santiago Chile Temple. It will be the third temple constructed in the country.