Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Praia Cabo Verde Temple

Cupola added to steeple; exterior moldings installed; interior work and landscaping continues; estimated to be completed in early 2022
Praia Cabo Verde Temple

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Av. Cidade de Lisboa
Cape Verde


7 October 2018

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

4 May 2019 by Paul V. Johnson

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end tower

Ordinance Rooms: 

One instruction room, one sealing room, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

8,759 square feet

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Elder Paul V. Johnson, president of the Europe Area, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Praia Cabo Verde Temple on Saturday, May 4, 2019. He explained the significance of the construction of a temple in the country: "For Cabo Verde's faithful sons and daughters the blessing of having a temple of the Lord in their own country is a powerful reminder of the Lord's promise in the Book of Mormon that He remembers His children upon the isles of the sea." Newlywed couple Zanny and Simão Lopes, who had married just two months earlier in the Recife Brazil Temple, expressed gratitude: "We are very excited to be able to enter the temple of our own country."1

Temple Rendering

The official rendering of the Praia Cabo Verde Temple was publicly released on February 8, 2019. The rendering depicts a domed spire rising over the temple entrance, reflective of the local architectural styles.

Temple Site

The Praia Cabo Verde Temple will be constructed in the national capital of Praia on the island of Santiago on the east side of Avenida Cidade de Lisboa in the Tahiti Chã de Areia neighborhood.

Temple Announcement

During his closing talk at the 188th Semiannual General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for the construction of the Praia Cabo Verde Temple on October 7, 2018. In recent years, Church membership has grown significantly on the islands of Cabo Verde, located approximately 350 miles off the northwest coast of Africa. The are some 14,700 Latter-day Saints in the country organized into three stakes and two districts. A temple in Praia will make the sacred ordinances of the temple an attainable blessing for Church members who currently must fly to the Madrid Spain Temple.2

Temple Facts

The Praia Cabo Verde Temple will be the seventh temple built in Africa and the first built in Cabo Verde.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Praia Cabo Verde Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremonies for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple and Yigo Guam Temple.

  1. "Ground Broken for Three International Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 May 2019.
  2. "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.

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Steeple painted; moldings attached to exterior; landscaping grounds; parking areas paved around ancillary building
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