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

Praia Cape Verde Temple

Latest News

News Stories

Scaffolding Removed from the Praia Cape Verde Temple

The sublime beauty of the Praia Cape Verde Temple is on full display with the recent removal of scaffolding from the newly painted exterior. The temple and adjoining meetinghouse are entering the final stages of construction. The archipelago of Cape Verde sits off the west coast of Africa and was uninhabited until the 1400s when Portuguese explorers colonized the islands.

Construction Barrier Removed at the Praia Cape Verde Temple Site

With ornamental fencing in place around the Praia Cape Verde Temple site, the metal sheet construction barrier has been removed, offering greater visibility of the temple and adjoining meetinghouse. The exterior of the meetinghouse and has been completed, and the steeple of the temple is finished while work continues on the buildings' interiors. A friendly game of football (soccer)—the country's most popular sport—is played in the shadows of this beautiful House of the Lord.

Beautiful Setting for the Praia Cape Verde Temple

The Praia Cape Verde Temple sits at the base of a ridge that affords a beautiful view of the temple complex, surrounding buildings, and mountainscape. Construction continues on the island country's first temple and a new meetinghouse in the capital city of Praia. Roofing is progressing on the meetinghouse while garden spaces and parking areas are taking shape on the grounds. Work is also progressing on the temple interior and exterior.

Cupola Added to the Praia Cape Verde Temple

A handsome domed cupola now crowns the steeple of the Praia Cape Verde Temple. The walls were recently fastened to a frame and topped with an elegant lantern and finial. Palm trees are being planted in the garden areas of the temple grounds, and an ornamental fence has been installed along the property lines. Roofing of the on-site meetinghouse has begun, and plastering of the exterior walls is underway.

Moldings Attached to the Praia Cape Verde Temple

The exterior of the Praia Cape Verde Temple continues to transform with the addition of beautiful arched moldings around the window openings and the main entry. Plastering has temporarily turned the building a dark gray until it is painted a light earth tone shade with white trim. The front staircase and circular planter at the entrance to the building have been poured, but ornamental fencing has yet to be installed between the concrete posts that rise from the retaining walls.

Ramping Up Construction of the Praia Cape Verde Temple

Hard landscaping is moving forward at the Praia Cape Verde Temple grounds where a circular planter has been added in front of the entrance and reinforcing steel has been laid for the front staircase and sidewalls leading from the parking lot. The exterior of the temple has been covered in white insulating panels while concrete block is being set for the exterior walls of the meetinghouse.

Work Focused on Interior of Praia Cape Verde Temple

Insulating boards are being attached to the exterior walls of the Praia Cape Verde Temple, but work has largely been carried out on the interior of the building over the past few weeks. Metal trusses have been installed on top of the adjoining meetinghouse, and work continues on building the steeple that will rise over the south wing of the meetinghouse. Each wing will feature three exterior gables.

Hard Landscaping at the Praia Cape Verde Temple

Fence posts and retaining walls are appearing on the grounds around the Praia Cape Verde Temple, which was built on a pad of compacted fill dirt to reduce the risk of flooding. The temple has been enclosed and scaffolding surrounds the building, allowing both interior and exterior work to move forward. Just east of the temple, the structural framing is in place for the on-site meetinghouse. Several months of construction remain ahead.

Praia Cape Verde Temple Turns Yellow

A waterproofing sealer has been applied to the concrete block walls of the Praia Cape Verde Temple, including the tower, temporarily turning the building a bright yellow. The walls will later be painted a light taupe with white trim. Structural framing for the gabled roof of the meetinghouse has been installed over the exterior wall frame.

Waterproofing the Walls of the Praia Cape Verde Temple

The concrete block walls of the Praia Cape Verde Temple are being coated with a waterproofing sealer to protect the structure against the island's high humidity. In preparation for interior work, the window openings are being covered and the building is being enclosed. The concrete frame for the meetinghouse has been erected.

Arched Entrance to the Praia Cape Verde Temple

A high rounded arch can be seen on the facade of the Praia Cape Verde Temple, which will hold the inscription stone that designates the temple as the House of the Lord. The cutout for the cornerstone is also visible on the west side of the entrance closer to the ground. The building's structural walls are in place, but work continues on the tower and on the exterior walls for the two wings of the meetinghouse.

Praia Cape Verde Temple Steeple Frame

The steeple frame has been erected atop the Praia Cape Verde Temple, which will later be capped with a dome-shaped cupola and lantern. The concrete block exterior walls have been completed, and the window openings will soon be boarded to allow interior work to move forward. The foundation slab for the adjoining meetinghouse has cured, and support columns are now being poured along the perimeter of the building.

Preparing for the Praia Cape Verde Temple Tower

The spaces between the structural columns of the Praia Cape Verde Temple are being filled with sturdy concrete block while leaving openings for the windows. Framing for the pedestal of the steeple has been set, and forms are going up for the tower walls. Foundation work is well underway for the meetinghouse that will stand beside the temple.

Concrete Frame for Praia Cape Verde Temple

The concrete frame for the Praia Cape Verde Temple has been poured and cured, and the crew is now setting concrete blocks to form the exterior walls of the building. While those supporting walls are constructed, metal posts are being used to hold the weight of the ceiling. A wing on the west side of the temple is visible in the accompanying photograph.

Work Resumes on the Praia Cape Verde Temple

Construction on the Praia Cape Verde Temple was temporarily suspended following the implementation of a national State of Emergency by the Government of Cape Verde on March 28, 2020. The emergency order was lifted for the island of Santiago, where Praia is located, two months later on May 29. Work on the temple has now resumed with the construction of structural support for the main level of the temple.

Setting Forms for the Praia Cape Verde Temple Foundation

Construction crews are setting concrete forms around the bands of rebar located atop the footings for the Praia Cape Verde Temple foundation. At the center of the building, where the baptismal font will be located, preparations for more complex concrete work are underway. Soil platforms were created for the buildings that will be retained with short block walls and ornamental fencing. Foundation work has not yet started for the meetinghouse.

Footings Poured for the Praia Cape Verde Temple

At the construction site for the Praia Cape Verde Temple, footings have been poured over piles, and rebar is being set for the foundation of the building. On the east side of the property, much of the staircase has been constructed near the plot for the meetinghouse. Construction has been underway for just over nine months.

Concrete Work at the Praia Cape Verde Temple

Crews are preparing for concrete work at the Praia Cape Verde Temple complex. Assembled bands of rebar and a concrete mixer sit in the staging area, ready for the upcoming pours that will create the footings and foundations for the buildings and a staircase that will provide access to the temple site from the east side of the property.

Fill Dirt Compacted for the Praia Cape Verde Temple

Numerous loads of structural fill dirt have been dumped and compacted on the site of the Praia Cape Verde Temple in the areas where the temple and adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed. The work of drilling shafts for the pile foundations has also begun. Shoring up the soil and installing piles will create a solid base for the buildings in the temple complex.

Construction Activity Begins on the Praia Cape Verde Temple

A few construction vehicles have arrived at the site of the Praia Cape Verde Temple as site clearing, grading, and fill dirt dumping begin. Ground was formally broken for the temple on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The temple will stand next to the National Library of Cape Verde, established in 1999.

Praia Cape Verde Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Praia Cape Verde Temple was held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, with Elder Paul V. Johnson, president of the Europe Area, presiding. At the conclusion of the service, numerous members took the opportunity to turn dirt with the gold-painted shovels and to take photographs commemorating the joyful event.

Groundbreaking Date Set for the Praia Cape Verde Temple

Elder Paul V. Johnson, president of the Europe Area, will preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Praia Cape Verde Temple on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only, but the services are anticipated to be broadcast to meetinghouses within the proposed temple district. The temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed on the east side of Avenida Cidade de Lisboa in the Tahiti Chã de Areia neighborhood. Construction is expected to last about two years.