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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.

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.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple

Construction on the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple will formally commence at a groundbreaking ceremony held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, president of the Brazil Area, will preside at the services.

Volunteers Help Clear Temple Site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Members and missionaries from the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Andaraí Stake gathered at the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple site on Saturday, November 14, with shovels, picks, and gloves to continue efforts on clearing and preparing the site for construction of the temple. (No groundbreaking date has been announced.)

Service at the Rio Temple Site

A service activity will be held at the Rio de Janeiro temple site tomorrow where volunteers will be instructed in preserving native plants and removing invasive species.
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Fortaleza Brazil Temple
164th dedicated temple in operation
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Lisbon Portugal Temple
Preparing temple for open house
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rome Italy Temple
162nd dedicated temple in operation
Tokyo Japan Temple
18th dedicated temple in operation; closed for renovation; angel Moroni installed atop spire on April 17, 2019
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion
Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple
Final landscaping underway; water feature nearing completion