Brasília Brazil Temple
Recent News Articles
- September 19, 2023 – 3 phrases Elder Andersen wanted youth to know ahead of temple dedication in Brasília
- September 17, 2023 – Brazil’s capital city now home to nation’s 10th dedicated house of the Lord
- August 30, 2023 – As open house concludes, see who visited new temple in Brasília
- August 10, 2023 – Elder Ulisses Soares Welcomes the Vice President of Brazil, Geraldo Alckmin, at the Brasília Brazil Temple
- August 2, 2023 – Political leaders and national media converge on Brasília to see the country’s newest temple
- August 2, 2023 – Hundreds of Journalists, Government Leaders and Others Tour the Brasília Brazil Temple
- August 1, 2023 – Brasília Brazil Temple Opens for Free Tours
- February 13, 2023 – News for Temples in Brazil and the United States
Brasília Brazil Temple Dedicated by Elder Andersen
"Brazil will never be the same after the dedication of this temple," said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the dedication of the Brasília Brazil Temple on Sunday, September 17, 2023. "And we should not be the same either," he added. He called the temple unique because of its location in Brazil’s capital city and said, "The influence of the temple will touch the entire nation." He, and all who spoke in the dedicatory sessions, spoke in Portuguese without the aid of live interpretation.
Open House Kicks Off for the Brasília Brazil Temple
For the first 11 days of August, invited guests—including government dignitaries, community leaders, and members of the media—will be given guided tours of the newly completed Brasília Brazil Temple. Guests will be hosted by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, along with local Church leaders. The public portion of the open house begins Saturday, August 12, and continues through Saturday, September 2, excluding Sundays. All are welcome, and questions are encouraged. The temple design was inspired by the mid-20th-century modernism so prevalent in the city. The architect of many of the city's prominent buildings, Oscar Niemeyer, used clean lines, expansive cantilevers, and subtle curves.
Presidents Called for Brasília Brazil Temple and Red Cliffs Utah Temple
Presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency for two more temples that are under construction. Raimundo Pacheco de Pinho and Beatriz de Oliveira Pradera Pinho will serve as the first president and matron of the Brasília Brazil Temple. And John Kevin Ence and Debra Houston Ence will preside over the Red Cliffs Utah Temple.
Open House and Dedication Announced for the Brasília Brazil Temple
The public is invited to tour the interior of the Brasília Brazil Temple at an open house beginning Saturday, August 5, and concluding Saturday, August 26 with no tours held on Sundays. Before the public tours begin, a media day will be held on Tuesday, August 1, and invited guests will be given tours from Wednesday, August 2, to Friday, August 4. Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the dedication of the temple in two sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17, 2023. The dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all units in the Brasília Brazil Temple district.
Preparing for the Brasília Brazil Temple Open House
Representatives from Church headquarters recently met with members of the Brasília Brazil Temple open house committee, as the construction and furnishing of the temple, stake center, and accommodation center near completion. The committee will oversee all aspects of the open house including parking and transportation, visitor reception, technology, security, interpretation, music, food, and more. The First Presidency has not yet released the dates for the open house and dedication of the temple.
Brasília Brazil Temple Admired by Federal Officials
While open house tours are conducted at Brazil's ninth temple, the Belém Brazil Temple, construction draws closer to completion on Brazil's tenth temple, the Brasília Brazil Temple. A boom lift is seen next to the meetinghouse that shares the temple property. The Secretary of State for Special Projects in the Federal District and accompanying officials recently visited the temple site where they admired the excellence of construction and the beauty of the landscaped grounds. Watch a 1½-minute flyover video.
Flag of Brazil Flown on Independence Day at the Brasília Brazil Temple
The flag of Brazil was flown on the grounds of the Brasília Brazil Temple yesterday on the 200th anniversary of Brazil's independence. It was also the 100th anniversary of the laying of a foundation stone on the Central Plateau of Goiás to mark the location for a new federal district and national capital to be built in the interior of Brazil. That dream became a reality decades later when the beautiful city of Brasília was established and made the capital. Salvador was the original capital of Brazil, followed by Rio de Janeiro from 1763 to 1960.
Establishing Lawns Around the Brasília Brazil Temple
Vividly colored flowers sway under blue skies in a garden strip along the edge of the Brasília Brazil Temple site. Green lawns and towering palm trees are being established around the temple while craftsmen continue finish work inside the building. "As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation." —Thomas S. Monson
Landscaping the Brasília Brazil Temple Grounds
Landscapers at the Brasília Brazil Temple have laid irrigation lines in regularly spaced parallel bands across the bright red soil that lies outside the ornamental fence enclosing the formal grounds. The lines will bring water to the large amount of tropical vegetation that will be planted there. Construction and landscaping have moved quickly at the temple complex where a groundbreaking was held less than two years ago.
Storm Clouds Over the Brasília Brazil Temple
The Brasília Brazil Temple will be a refuge from the storms of life for members living in the Brazil's capital city. "Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall" (Helaman 5:12).
Installing Stained Glass in the Brasília Brazil Temple
Intricately patterned panels of stained glass are being installed in the window frames of the Brasília Brazil Temple. The reflection pool on the front has been tiled, and the monument sign is in place. Numerous royal palms have been planted while irrigation lines are being laid in the garden spaces. A wide variety of flowering plants and bushes are finding their new home on the beautiful grounds.
Installing Architectural Lighting for the Brasília Brazil Temple
An intricate lighting system is being installed and tested at the Brasília Brazil Temple that delicately accents the architectural features of the modern building, which takes design cues from the city's famous architecture. Pointed arches are replicated to dramatic effect, similar in feel to nearby Itamaraty Palace. The arches will frame hundreds of panes of stained glass planned for the underlying walls.
Progress on the Brasília Brazil Temple Complex
A view from the south end of the Brasília Brazil Temple site shows the progress being made on the various buildings in the complex. The guardhouse, located at the driveway entrance, is seen in the foreground. Behind the guardhouse is the meetinghouse, which features two wings connected by a pair of breezeways with a stocky steeple at the southeast corner. Cladding of the temple steeple continues behind the meetinghouse, and the windows of the two-story housing facility are visible east of the meetinghouse.
Cladding Progress on the Brasília Brazil Temple
New photographs of the Brasília Brazil Temple show the progress being made on the white stone cladding that now covers the main body of the temple. The temple complex sits at the convergence of Via L2 Norte and Via L3 Norte—both six-lane motorways with grassy tree-lined medians. Hardscaping of the temple grounds is well underway including parking areas, driveways, walkways, planters, and retaining walls.
Zoom Over the Brasília Brazil Temple Site
A newly posted video offers an exciting virtual flight over the Brasília Brazil Temple complex where hardscaping of the grounds is making progress including the entrance reflection pools, plazas, walkways, and parking areas. See the beautiful pointed arch openings of the temple and meetinghouse. Much of the temple exterior has been clad in white stone, and mechanical equipment has been installed in the enclosures at the rear.
Arches Appearing at the Brasília Brazil Temple
As cladding moves forward along the frame of the Brasília Brazil Temple, elegant arches are appearing inside the rectangular partitions along the side walls. The arched design is reminiscent of Oscar Niemeyer's Itamaraty Palace, also known as the Palace of the Arches. Hardscaping of the grounds is evident in recent satellite images that show the curbing and paving for the parking areas between the meetinghouse and housing facility.
Cladding of the Brasília Brazil Temple Underway
Glossy white stone is being laid in a stack bond pattern along the exterior of the Brasília Brazil Temple. The bare concrete is treated and wrapped in a vapor barrier before the stone is affixed to protect it from moisture damage. Window frames are being installed, and construction stairs have been erected to give workers easy access to the roof and steeple area. Fresh sidewalks pours have cured along the edge of the property.
Steeple Cap Installed for the Brasília Brazil Temple
Construction of the Brasília Brazil Temple and its supporting facilities is steadily moving forward. The pyramidal frame for the steeple finial cap has been installed, which will support a golden needle-like spire. Window frames are being added to the window openings of the temple, and the concrete crew is pouring sidewalks around the edges of the property.
Concrete Frame for the Brasília Brazil Temple
The concrete frame for the Brasília Brazil Temple has risen in just eight months since ground was broken on the project in late September. The tower walls have been poured, which will eventually hold a narrow spire. There are seven dedicated temples in Brazil, and the Brasília temple will be the tenth, following the dedications of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple and the Belém Brazil Temple. Temples have also been announced for Salvador, eastern São Paulo, and Belo Horizonte.
Pouring the Steeple Walls for the Brasília Brazil Temple
The upper walls for the tiered steeple of the Brasília Brazil Temple are being installed over the center of the building while the concrete exterior is being wrapped in a weather barrier. The construction is progressing with the aid of a tower crane, boasting a jib that spans the entire length of the temple.
Building the Brasília Brazil Temple Tower
Rising over the concrete roof slab for the Brasília Brazil Temple is the framing for the central tower. The sectioned body of the temple now looms over the construction fence along Via L2 Norte. The concrete structures for the on-site accommodation center and meetinghouse are also nearing completion. The temple complex sits near Parque Olhos D'Água—a recreation venue offering shaded walking trails, a lake, and bird watching.
Brasília Brazil Temple Visible Over Construction Barrier
The growing structure of the Brasília Brazil Temple is becoming more visible to passers-by as construction advances on the country's tenth temple. Columns of rebar can be seen over the solid white and blue barrier that surrounds the Church-owned property. A massive tower crane is used regularly to carry large and heavy materials to the three buildings that are under construction.
Making Quick Work of the Brasília Brazil Temple
Major progress has been made at the Brasília Brazil Temple site in the three and a half months since the groundbreaking was held. The majority of the temple foundation and has been installed, and the structural framing is well underway for the east wing of the meetinghouse and the main floor of the two-story accommodation center.
Tower Crane Installed at the Brasília Brazil Temple Site
Mounds of dirt and a tower crane rise over the fence line at the Brasília Brazil Temple site as evidence of the most recent construction activity. The crane boasts an extremely long jib section, allowing it to reach over much of the 6-acre property where three main buildings are under construction: the temple, a meetinghouse, and an accommodation center. The construction crew is currently setting rebar for the footings and foundation.
Groundbreaking Held for the Brasília Brazil Temple
"Bless us so that we continue to strive to be good citizens who serve and bless our neighbors and to never forget the poor and needy," said Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, president of the Brazil Area, in his site dedicatory prayer at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Brasília Brazil Temple held Saturday, September 26, 2020. Elder Parrella was accompanied by Elder Joaquin E. Costa and Elder Joni L. Koch of the Brazil Area presidency, along with Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights in Brazil at the event. Due to social distancing guidelines, attendance was limited. The 25,000-square-foot temple will be located on a six-acre site near an arm of Paranoá Lake. Patron housing and a meetinghouse will also be constructed on site.
Brasília Brazil Temple Groundbreaking Announced
The First Presidency has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Brasília Brazil Temple will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020. The president of the Brazil Area, Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, will preside at the event. Attendance at the temple site is by invitation only. The 25,000-square-foot temple will be built on a six-acre site near an arm of Paranoá Lake along with an accommodation center and meetinghouse.
Activity at the Brasília Brazil Temple Site
Heavy equipment has arrived at the Brasília Brazil Temple site to carry out a variety of preliminary construction activities. The ground is being cleared of vegetation, leveled, and compacted to prepare for the building of the temple, a meetinghouse, and an accommodation center. No groundbreaking date has been announced, but the official exterior rendering was released about five months ago.
Exterior Rendering of Brasília Brazil Temple Released
A newly released exterior rendering of the Brasília Brazil Temple showcases a beautiful white temple designed to complement the famous architectural style of the city. The single-story, 25,000-square-foot building will be constructed on a six-acre site in the northern section of the city near an arm of Paranoá Lake alongside a patron housing facility and new meetinghouse. Project leaders have begun to work with government officials to submit public documents. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Property Fence Erected at the Brasília Brazil Temple Site
A new chain-link and barbed-wire fence installed around the site for the Brasília Brazil Temple has given local members hope that a groundbreaking may be announced in the near future with construction of the temple to follow. Plans for the temple were announced two years ago at the General Conference held in April 2017.