Belém Brazil Temple
Recent News Articles
- November 20, 2022 – How Elder Renlund tied rivers and ‘pororoca’ to the Belém Brazil Temple dedication
- November 19, 2022 – Back in Belém: 25 years after presiding over the mission there, Elder Godoy returns to participate in temple dedication
- November 18, 2022 – How rare are 2 temple dedications in the same day? It’s been done before. See when
- October 17, 2022 – Open House Begins for Belém Brazil Temple
Belém Brazil Temple Dedicated by Elder Renlund
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided at the dedication of the Belém Brazil Temple on Sunday, November 20, 2022. The city is located in northern Brazil at the mouth of the Amazon River. Elder Renlund used the city's proximity to the river to draw a comparison between the yielding of the Amazon to the biannual equinoxes, which produces a tidal bore known as "pororoca," to our own yielding to God. He said, "The Amazon River has no choice but to yield to heavenly power. But we do have a choice. We receive power only if we bind ourselves to God by sacred covenants." The Belém Brazil Temple is the ninth dedicated temple in Brazil.
Belém Brazil Temple Opens Its Doors to the Public
The doors of the Belém Brazil Temple open this week for tours of the newly completed interior. The public is invited to see the temple from Saturday, October 22, through Saturday, November 5, 2022 (with no tours held on Sundays). The temple will be dedicated by Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Sunday, November 20, 2022. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all units in the temple district.
Open House and Dedication Announced for the Belém Brazil Temple
The Belém Brazil Temple will open for public tours beginning Saturday, October 22, and continue through Saturday, November 5, 2022. No tours will be offered on Sundays. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the dedication of temple held in three sessions on Sunday, November 20, 2022. The temple was announced on April 3, 2016, and the groundbreaking was held on August 17, 2019.
Construction Wraps Up on the Belém Brazil Temple
Contractors have completed their work on the beautiful Belém Brazil Temple and ancillary building, and members look forward to an announcement of the open house and dedication dates once conditions allow. The lush temple complex is located near the largest airport in Belém. The port city, known as the gateway to the Amazon River, lies approximately 60 miles (100 km) upriver from the Atlantic Ocean on the Pará River.
Landscaping Progress at the Belém Brazil Temple
An overhead view of the Belém Brazil Temple shows the progress being made on the meticulous grounds. The garden areas have been defined and covered in mulch, the plaza pavers and lamp posts have been installed, the principal trees and shrubs have been planted, and the sod has been laid. As the time for the open house draws near, flowers will be planted in key locations to bring beauty and color to the sacred site.
Exterior Lighting Fully Operational for the Belém Brazil Temple
The exterior lighting of the Belém Brazil Temple is now fully operational, creating a stunning nighttime landmark in the central region of Belém. The temple sits on a major motorway near the airport with three lanes of traffic going in each direction. Construction of the temple has been underway for approximately two years and three months. It is anticipated to be completed next year.
Lighting the Exterior of the Belém Brazil Temple
During the evening hours at the Belém Brazil Temple, the exterior lighting system is being tested and adjusted to tastefully illuminate and enhance the architectural features of this House of the Lord. Landscape lighting is also operating, casting a pleasant glow across the grounds. There are currently seven temples in operation in Brazil with an eighth that will be dedicated in Rio de Janeiro in May 2022. Six more temples are announced or under construction in the country.
The Beautiful Grounds of the Belém Brazil Temple
The grounds of the Belém Brazil Temple are looking more beautiful each day. Landscapers have installed paver walkways and continue to plant in the garden areas, bringing life and variety to sacred space. Stained-glass window installation is making progress, and exterior lighting tests are getting underway.
Scaffolding Removed from the Belém Brazil Temple Steeple
Nearly all of the scaffolding has been removed from the steeple of the Belém Brazil Temple, revealing the fully clad exterior for the first time without obstruction. The steeple is currently enclosed with transparent glass, but stained-glass installation is already underway on the main floor. Irrigation lines have been installed in the gardens, and thousands of plants are beautifying the sacred space.
Stained-Glass Window Installed in the Belém Brazil Temple
A stained-glass window has been installed on the west side of the Belém Brazil Temple. The beautiful blue gradient is surrounded by an ornamental border and overlaid with a grill pattern. The hard landscaping is a combination of concrete and pavers accented by planters, lamp posts, and benches. The sod has been laid, and trees and plants continue to be added to the garden spaces.
Turning the Belém Brazil Temple Grounds Green
New photographs of the Belém Brazil Temple showcase the beauty of the progressing landscaping. Green grass is replacing drab dirt while palm trees and plants are finding homes in the garden spaces immediately adjacent to the temple. Scaffolding remains around the steeple, which is being clad in stone that matches the rest of the building. The temple in Belém is the ninth to be constructed in Brazil. Ground will be broken on Saturday for the nation's eleventh temple in Salvador.
Monument Sign Installed at the Belém Brazil Temple
The concrete base for the monument sign at the Belém Brazil Temple has now been faced in stone. The inscription identifies the name of the Church and the name of the temple. Landscaping continues at the temple entrance, which will feature a wide staircase, raised planter boxes, and a pebble mosaic plaza. Trees, shrubs, and grass are bringing color and life to the grounds.
Angel Moroni Lifted Into Place at the Belém Brazil Temple
Today marked an important day in the construction of the Belém Brazil Temple with the installation of the angel Moroni. The gold-leafed fiberglass statue stands atop the slender spire that rises over the center of the building with a trumpet to his lips, heralding the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Scaffolding will remain around the steeple until the structure has been clad in stone.
Take a Walk Around the Belém Brazil Temple
Soft gray pavers have been precisely arranged around the Belém Brazil Temple, forming classic herringbone and running bond patterns in the curving driveways and walkways that surround the building. The concrete base for the monument sign and the dark ornamental fence have been installed on the grounds while a stunning row of royal palms line the street. The temple tower has yet to be clad in stone like the body of the building. Watch a video taken during a recent visit to the temple.
Cladding Reaches the Steeple of the Belém Brazil Temple
The main body of the Belém Brazil Temple has been clad in stone, leaving the work on the steeple to be done. The bright blue sky is a welcomed sight for the crew who often work in rainy or humid conditions. For most of 2020, the project site was covered by an inflatable dome to protect concrete pours from the rain. Numerous palm trees have been planted across the grounds.
Exterior Details of the Belém Brazil Temple
Much of the scaffolding has been removed from around the Belém Brazil Temple, unobstructing the handsome stonework that has been attached to the exterior walls of the building. Carved panels add character to the stone cladding including medallions, fluting, and unique patterns. Trees have been planted along the street and in the garden spaces immediately next to the temple.
Landscaping the Belém Brazil Temple Grounds
Landscaping efforts are underway at the Belém Brazil Temple grounds where curbing has been poured for the driveway and parking lot, some walkways have been installed, and several palm trees have been planted. Much of the exterior of the building has been clad in stone, and the steeple has been covered in a vapor barrier. The cladding features sculpted stones that coordinate with the selected design for the temple.
Cladding of the Belém Brazil Temple Progressing
Scaffolding surrounds the body of the Belém Brazil Temple, giving the construction crew a temporary platform to continue their finish work of the exterior walls. A vapor barrier has been attached to the majority of the concrete surfaces, and work is well underway on installing the stone cladding, which will featured some carved stones that will be placed in key areas on the temple's exterior.
Scaffolding Removed from the Belém Brazil Temple Tower
Since the inflatable dome was removed from the Belém Brazil Temple at the end of August, the scaffolding has been removed from around the tower, the exterior walls have been wrapped in a vapor barrier, and the window openings have been covered to enclose the building. Construction is advancing simultaneously on an accommodation center just east of the temple.
A Temple is “Hatched” in Belém, Brazil
The massive canvas dome that has covered the Belém Brazil Temple for the past nine months was removed last week, revealing the concrete structure of the building. The dome went up late last year as a protective measure against heavy rains, allowing concrete pours to move forward on schedule. The enormous leathery structure sparked the imagination of local residents who posted humorous retouched photographs of the dome to social media. It became known as "Belém's dinosaur egg."
Awaiting the Big Reveal in Belém, Brazil
Construction progress on the Belém Brazil Temple is still fully obscured from view. A weather-protecting dome was placed over the site more than six months ago, providing dry working conditions for the crew from the heavy and frequent rainfalls. Local members look forward to catching a glimpse of their new temple once the dome is removed and the buildings are revealed. Belém is located on the north coast of Brazil, nearly a thousand miles from the closest temple.
At Home Under the Dome in Belém, Brazil
An inflatable dome continues to protect fresh concrete pours and provide shelter for contractors from the nearly daily rain showers experienced at the Belém Brazil Temple site. Both those on site and passers-by have become accustomed to the structure, which has been in place for almost three months. Its initial appearance produced many questions and caused a local social media sensation.
Dome Structure Erected Over the Belém Brazil Temple
When heavy rains at the Belém Brazil Temple site threatened the integrity of the newly poured concrete foundation, crews erected a massive dome structure over the construction area to protect the concrete walls and allow them to cure properly. The looming egg-like tent has inspired a wide variety of memes on social media, and Church members are receiving questions from their curious friends about the temple and—what many have termed—"Belém's dinosaur egg."
Construction Facilities in Place at Belém Brazil Temple Site
Since the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple two months ago, the general contractor has set up a staging area and erected several supporting structures on site. The future temple and adjoining buildings have been staked, and ground is being prepared for construction including grading and excavation activities.
Ground Broken for the Belém Brazil Temple
"May this work be a symbol of light and a representation of the love of Jesus Christ to all," said President Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, in his site dedicatory prayer at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple held on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Hundreds of Church members and guests gathered to the site to participate in the historic services including Church, civil, religious, and community leaders. For years, faithful members have looked forward to the day when a temple would be built in their midst, having previously participated in temple ordinances in the distant cities of São Paulo, Campinas, Recife, and most recently Manaus.
Official Rendering Released for the Belém Brazil Temple
Accompanying a news release today from the First Presidency announcing the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple was an official rendering of the sacred structure to be constructed on a site near the Val de Cans International Airport. The ceremony will be held in two weeks on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Heavy equipment is currently on site clearing the ground in preparation for the services.
Surveyors at the Belém Brazil Temple Site
With next month's groundbreaking ceremony approaching for the Belém Brazil Temple, surveyors are making precise measurements and staking the site in anticipation of the building's construction. A regional choir has been assembled and is regularly practicing the musical numbers that will be presented at the service. Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, will preside.
Belém Brazil Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced
In a letter sent to area seventies, stake presidents, district presidents, and mission presidents, the presidency of the Brazil Area has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Belém Brazil Temple will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, president of the Brazil Area, will preside. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only, but the proceedings will be broadcast live via the internet. The temple will be constructed in a central location to the Belém metropolitan area near the Val de Cans International Airport.