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Freiberg Germany Temple

33rd dedicated temple in operation
Freiberg Germany Temple

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Hainichener Strasse 64
09599  Freiberg
Telephone:  (+49) 3731-35960


NO visitors' center open to the public
NO arrival center available
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


9 October 1982

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

23 April 1983 by Thomas S. Monson

Public Open House: 

3–15 June 1985


29–30 June 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley

Public Open House: 

17–31 August 2002


7 September 2002 by Gordon B. Hinckley

Public Open House: 

12–27 August 2016


4 September 2016 by Dieter F. Uchtdorf


3.58 acres  |  1.4 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

White German stucco plastered over 24-inch thick brick walls and a blue gray slate stone slab roof

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end spire with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

21,500 square feet  |  1,997 square meters


1,400 feet  |  427 meters

Temple Locale

The Freiberg Germany Temple stands in the northwest section of beautiful and historic Freiberg. Citizens of all faiths feel an owernship and pride in the building, which they refer to as "our" temple. Distribution Services and housing for the temple president, missionaries, and patrons are located west of the temple while a meetinghouse stands to the north. The attractive grounds are lovingly maintained and open to the public.

Temple History

The Freiberg Germany Temple was the third temple built in Europe, the first built in the current boundaries of Germany, and the first built in a communist nation.

The Freiberg Germany Temple was originally named the Freiberg DDR Temple.

At 7,840 square feet, the Freiberg Germany Temple was the smallest temple the Church had ever constructed.

Following diligent efforts by the Church to obtain permission for its faithful couples to attend the Bern Switzerland Temple, the government asked if it might consider building a temple in East Germany. The Church gratefully accepted the invitation and built the Freiberg Germany Temple.

Though just 40,000 Germans called the city of Freiberg home, crowds of 89,871 attended the two-week open house of the Freiberg Germany Temple—some waiting up to three hours in the rain for a chance to get inside.

In 1990, five years after the dedication of the Freiberg Germany Temple, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was reunited with the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

An angel Moroni statue was added to the Freiberg Germany Temple on December 20, 2001, sixteen and a half years after its dedication as part of a major renovation and expansion project.

On September 7, 2002, President Gordon B. Hinckley presided at the rededication of the Freiberg Germany Temple, which he had originally dedicated over 17 years earlier. In the months that preceded the rededication, the temple was closed for extensive renovation and expansion that raised the quality of construction and decor to higher standards. Additional square footage extending to the east approximately doubled the size of the temple. New amenities included installation of twelve oxen to support the baptismal font, a non-patrons waiting room, a matron/brides room, and an office for the temple president. On December 20, 2001, the previously statueless spire was topped by a gold-leafed statue of angel Moroni.1

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, returned to his boyhood country of Germany to rededicate the Freiberg Germany Temple on September 4, 2016. The temple had closed on February 9, 2015, for an extensive remodeling and expansion project that added a second ordinance room and created a larger Celestial Room with a raised ceiling. The evening before the rededication President Uchtdorf and his wife Harriet enthusiastically cheered at the youth cultural celebration that brought together 400 young men and women from eastern Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.2

  1. "Angel statue added to Freiberg temple," Church News 12 Jan. 2002: 6.
  2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Rededicates Freiberg Germany Temple," 4 Sep. 2016.

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