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

Praia Cape Verde Temple

Public open house underway through 11 June 2022; scheduled to be dedicated on 19 June 2022

Public Open House

Saturday, 21 May 2022 – Saturday, 11 June 2022
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Praia Cape 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

Public Open House: 

21 May–11 June 2022


19 June 2022 by Neil L. Andersen


4.46 acres  |  1.8 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Painted hand-troweled stucco and Moleanos limestone from Portugal

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end tower

Ordinance Rooms: 

One instruction room, one sealing room, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

8,759 square feet  |  814 square meters

Open House and Dedication

The public is invited to tour the newly completed Praia Cape Verde Temple from Saturday, May 21, through Saturday, June 11, 2022. No tours will be held on Sundays, May 22, 29 and June 5. The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, June 19, 2022 with Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presiding. A youth devotional will be held at a nearby meetinghouse the evening before the dedication on Saturday, June 18, 2022.1

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Elder Paul V. Johnson, president of the Europe Area, presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Praia Cape 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."2

Temple Rendering

The official rendering of the Praia Cape 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 Cape 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 Cape Verde Temple on October 7, 2018. In recent years, Church membership has grown significantly on the islands of Cape 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.3

Temple Facts

The Praia Cape Verde Temple will be the sixth temple built in Africa and the first built in Cape Verde.

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

  1. "Open House Announced for the Praia Cape Verde Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Mar. 2022.
  2. "Ground Broken for Three International Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 May 2019.
  3. "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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