Anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Opening Postponement
It was a year ago today that the originally scheduled open house and dedication dates for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple were postponed indefinitely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the time since that announcement, the temple has been much loved and frequently visited on the outside for photographs with this beautiful House of the Lord. And while this and other new or renovated temples have been completed, members continue to wait patiently for the time when open houses may be held.
Opening of Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Postponed
In response to government guidelines that seek to limit the spread of COVID-19, the public open house and dedication of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple have been postponed until large public gatherings are deemed safe. Originally, the open house was to be held Friday, April 17, through Saturday, May 2, 2020. And the dedication was to be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020. An announcement with the revised opening dates will be made later.
Opening Dates Released for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites the public to tour the newly completed Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple beginning Friday, April 17, and continuing through Saturday, May 2, 2020. Tours will be held on every day except Sundays. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, May 17, 2020, in three sessions held at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The evening before the dedication, youth are invited to a devotional on Saturday, May 16, broadcast to meetinghouses throughout the temple district.
Billboards Identify the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Motorists in Rio de Janeiro traveling east along Avenida das Américas will notice two new billboard advertisements identifying the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple as The House of the Lord belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The general contractor has reportedly completed construction on the temple and has transferred it to the Church in the last couple of weeks. Members eagerly await the official announcement of the open house and dedication dates.
Committee Prepares Members for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Members of the dedication committee for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple are holding regular meetings with the Church members in the stakes and districts of the future temple district to prepare them for next year's dedication. The First Presidency's announcement of the open house and dedication dates is still pending. Scaffolding has recently returned to the steeple of the temple for work to be carried out.
Illuminating the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
With its exterior lighting system fully operational, the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple is particularly spectacular in the evenings. The temple stands near the ocean next to an expansive nature reserve on Avenida das Américas. It is the eighth temple to be constructed in Brazil. The Belém Brazil Temple, which is also under construction, will be the ninth. And the Brasília Brazil Temple and Salvador Brazil Temple will be the tenth and eleventh Brazilian temples.
Inscription Stone Gilded at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
The sacred words Holiness to the Lord—The House of the Lord inscribed over the entrance to the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple were gilded today under the overcast skies of Rio's winter season. The temple's monument sign is installed, which also features inscribed stone that states the name of the temple and the Church. Construction is expected to be completed in the early months of 2020.
Superb Detailing of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
A close-up photograph of the tower of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple provides a clearer view of the elegant Art Deco detailing incorporated into the temple's exterior. Carved stone surrounds the window openings and decorates the upper edge of each tier of the tower. Complementary art glass is beautifully backlit at night producing warm colors and a soft glow.
Landscaping at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple in Final Stages
The sun set last night over the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, casting a beautiful hue of blue over the beautifully lit structure. The temple grounds are nearing completion including a granite-clad water feature that has been installed between the temple and the meetinghouse. The temple is anticipated to be dedicated next year.
Green Lawns at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
The grounds of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple continue to take shape with the recent addition of grass and other plants to the temple's garden areas. The palm trees are becoming better established, and pavers have been laid for the walkways. The removal of scaffolding from around the tower has been completed while finish work progresses on the interior.
Landscaping Underway at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Grounds
The construction barrier that surrounded the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple has been removed, revealing the permanent decorative fencing that has been installed and the work that has started on landscaping the grounds. The tower pedestal has been clad in stone, and the scaffolding is being removed. When the temple is dedicated, it will become the eighth dedicated temple in Brazil.
Sunrise at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
A beautiful sunrise photograph shows the aqua-colored patina on the spire of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. Scaffolding has been placed around the pedestal of the steeple as workers prepare to the clad the concrete structure in stone. The angel Moroni was placed atop the spire five weeks ago on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Spire
The recently sheathed spire of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple is on full display, following the removal of scaffolding that surrounded the heaven-pointing structure. The steeple pedestal and a few sections of the upper walls of the temple have yet to be clad in stone. Stained glass will also fill the currently empty window openings in the steeple.
Angel Moroni Tops the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
A gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was set atop the pinnacle of the newly sheathed spire of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple today, capping the beautiful stone-clad building with a traditional symbol of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The temple is the eighth to be constructed in the nation of Brazil. The country's seventh, the Fortaleza Brazil Temple, will be dedicated on June 2, 2019.
A New Year of Construction in Rio de Janeiro
Construction continues on Brazil's eighth temple in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro—the former capital of Brazil, the second largest city in the country, and the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. The stained-glass windows have been installed, and stone cladding of the tower and exterior walls is advancing.
Filling the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple with Stained-Glass Windows
Softening the sturdy polished stone along the exterior walls of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple are rectangular accents of stained glass. The windows were created at Holdman Studios, which has produced glass for over 90 temples. Current projects include the Rome Italy Temple, Lisbon Portugal Temple, and Tokyo Japan Temple.
Scaffolding Goes Up Around Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Tower
As stone cladding of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple progresses, scaffolding has been erected around the tower in anticipation of cladding the base in stone, the spire in metal, and installing the angel Moroni statue. The exterior of the meetinghouse being constructed across from the temple has been completed, though work continues inside.
Construction Lighting at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
The patches of steel, concrete, and stone that comprise the exterior of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple seem to harmonize more beautifully at night under the illumination of powerful construction floodlighting. More progress has been made on cladding the exterior walls in stone.
Steeple Framework Added to Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
The conical framework for the steeple of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple has been installed while progress is made on cladding the exterior walls of the structure. Another Brazilian temple is under construction in the city of Fortaleza, and plans have been announced for the future construction of temples in Belém, Brasília, and Salvador.
Exterior Advancing at All Stages for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Full-time missionaries in Brazil show their enthusiasm for the construction of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple by taking photographs at the construction site. Work is advancing at all stages on the exterior where bare concrete, treated concrete, vapor barrier, and stone cladding are all visible.
Stone Cladding Going Up on the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
The work of stone cladding the exterior of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple has begun on the rear side of the building, though several walls are still bare concrete that will first be wrapped in a vapor barrier. A meetinghouse is being constructed at the same time across from the temple.
Setting Rebar for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Tower
With the concrete exterior walls in place for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, the scaffolding around the building is coming down and rebar has been set for the stately tower that will rise over the entrance. The new temple will relieve demands on the Campinas Brazil Temple.
Rebar Rising for Upper Façade of Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
A straight row of rebar stands atop the front wall of the as workers prepare to pour the upper central façade wall for the building. This upper structure will support the temple's two-tiered steeple, topped with a tapering spire and gold-leafed angel Moroni statue.
Upper Walls Going Up for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Rising high above a major thoroughfare in Rio's Barra de Tijuca neighborhood, the growing exterior walls of the are visible through the extensive system of scaffolds that surround the structure. Crews are setting rebar and pouring concrete for the upper walls.
Rio Temple Rises Above Construction Barrier
The tall opaque barrier that surrounds the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple site has shielded construction activity from view for the past several months. However, as crews prepare to pour the exterior walls for the temple, observers can now see the rising scaffolding, rebar, and concrete forms.
3D Model Created for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Although the solid barrier surrounding the construction site of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple will shield construction progress from view for several months, enthusiasts of Rio's new temple will be happy to watch the recently created 3D flyover. Crews are currently pouring the temple footings.
Preparing for Rio Temple Footings
Crews have set rebar and concrete forms in preparation for pouring the concrete footings for the foundation of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple, the eighth in Brazil.
Rejoicing in the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Members are elated to see the commencement of construction of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. At the construction site, a sturdy construction fence has been erected around the property, which sits on highly traveled Avenida das Américas in Barra de Tijuca.
Ground Broken in Rio de Janeiro
Thousands of members across Brazil and the world participated in the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple groundbreaking today. Watch the live streamed video.
Preparing for the Rio de Janeiro Temple Groundbreaking
The site of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple has been filled with chairs, bleachers, awnings, flooring, audio-visual equipment, and more, as members prepare for the joyous occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be streamed live on Facebook starting tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.