Cochabamba Bolivia Temple
82nd operating temple
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AddressAvenida Melchor Urquidi 1500
Alto Queru Queru
Telephone: (+591) 4-429-3161
ServicesClothing rental available
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby
Announcement:13 January 1995
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:10 November 1996 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Public Open House:18–22 April 2000
Dedication:30 April 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Exterior Finish:Blend of hand-hewn Comanche granite and plaster
Ordinance Rooms:Two ordinance rooms (stationary) and three sealing
Total Floor Area:33,302 square feet
The Cochabamba Bolivia Temple was the first temple built in Bolivia.
The Cochabamba Bolivia Temple is one of only three temples with a central tower surrounded by four corner towers. (The others are the
13th operating temple; closed for renovation; installing new water featureOakland California Temple and the
150th operating templeProvo City Center Temple.)
Easily visible from the grounds of the Cochabamba Bolivia Temple is the Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace) statue atop San Pedro hill. It is largest statue of Christ in the world, surpassing the more famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue in Rio de Janeiro by just a few centimeters. Both are 33 meters tall because Christ lived 33 years.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, President Gordon B. Hinckley urged members to righteousness. "Get a temple recommend now," he said. "Be worthy of a temple recommend now. If you are not worthy, get yourselves worthy. You won't be able to go to the temple here for at least two years. But let that temple recommend be a reminder of that to which you look forward. And we will come and dedicate this sacred building. And it will bless your lives. We will then be able to have a temple in the nation of Bolivia. You will no longer have to go all the way to Lima, Peru. What a marvelous and wonderful thing that will be, my brothers and sisters. May God bless you, every one. Please know of our great love for you and of our prayers in your behalf. We will look forward to seeing you in about two years when this magnificent building will be dedicated as the House of the Lord" (Church News, 23 November 1996).