Lisbon Portugal Temple
166th dedicated temple in operation
AddressAvenida Dom João II
Telephone: (+351) 308-811-650
ServicesNO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
NO patron housing available
NO distribution store nearby (Store Locator)
Announcement:2 October 2010
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:5 December 2015 by Patrick Kearon
Public Open House:17–31 August 2019
Dedication:15 September 2019 by Neil L. Andersen
Exterior Finish:Portuguese Moleanos limestone
Architectural Features:Single attached end spire with an angel Moroni statue
Total Floor Area:23,730 square feet
Angel Moroni Raising
The gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was installed atop the gold-plated spire of the Lisbon Portugal Temple on November 19, 2018.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Lisbon Portugal Temple was held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 12:00 noon. Elder Patrick Kearon, president of the Europe Area, presided.1
The Lisbon Portugal Temple site sits in the northeastern section of the city near the modern parish of Parque das Nações. Once a nondescript industrial area, the Parque das Nações neighborhood was redeveloped for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition (known as Expo '98), featuring the theme: The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future. Today, Parque das Nações is a thriving hub of leisure, commercial, and residential activity on the Tagus River, boasting famed venues that include the Lisbon Oceanarium, the Vasco de Gama Tower, the twin São Gabriel and São Rafael towers, the Parque Das Nações Marina, the MEO Arena, the Vasco de Gama Center (shopping mall), and the Vasco de Gama Bridge. The area is beautified by volcano and waterfall fountains that can all be taken in from an overhead gondola lift.
Transportation to and from the temple will be greatly facilitated by the Lisbon Metro, as the site is located adjacent to the Moscavide station. The station opened in July 2012 in conjunction with the Encarnação and Aeroporto stations, expanding the line that serves the Lisbon Airport, situated just two miles west of the temple site.
On January 7, 2013, the Church announced that acquisition of land within the Lisbon city limits had been finalized for construction of the temple. However, a specific location for the site was not given at that time.2
In his opening remarks of the 180th Semiannual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a temple in Lisbon, Portugal—the first to be constructed in the country.3 The Saints of Portugal, organized into 6 stakes and 4 districts, currently attend the Madrid Spain Temple, an approximately 390-mile (625-kilometer) drive from Lisbon.
The Lisbon Portugal Temple will be the fourteenth temple built in Europe and the first built in Portugal.
During the renovation of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple (2015–2017), molds were taken of the distinguished silver and nickel oxen that support the baptismal font. These molds were used to produce bronze-colored oxen for the Lisbon Portugal Temple.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Groundbreaking Held for the First Temple in Portugal," 5 Dec. 2015.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "A Igreja adquire o terreno onde será construído o Templo de Lisboa," 7 Jan. 2013.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Five New Temples Announced," 2 Oct. 2010.