Announcement:1 April 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:4 November 2020 by Benjamín De Hoyos
Site:17.72 acres | 7.2 hectares
Architectural Features:Single attached central tower with an angel Moroni statue
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Elevation:3,982 feet | 1,214 meters
"Heavenly Father, receive our grateful hearts for this significant and special day," prayed Elder Benjamín De Hoyos, president of the South America South Area, in his site dedicatory prayer for the Salta Argentina Temple. The prayer was uttered at the temple's groundbreaking ceremony held on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Due to social distancing restrictions, the number of participants was limited. Several Church and government leaders were in attendance including the governor of Salta, Gustavo Sáenz.1
On June 5, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Salta Argentina Temple was released.
The Salta Argentina Temple will be constructed on a large grassy field at the entrance to El Aybal Country Club across from the airport in southern Salta. An accommodation center and Church services building will be constructed on site alongside a residence for the temple president and matron.
As part of a seven-temple announcement at the April 2018 General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson named Salta, Argentina as the location for a future temple. The Salta Argentina Temple will be the country's third after the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple and the Córdoba Argentina Temple. It will serve members living the Argentine Northwest who currently travel to the Córdoba to participate in temple services. Argentina is home to approximately 450,000 Latter-day Saints organized into over 100 stakes and districts.2
- "Ground Broken for Salta Argentina Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 4 Nov. 2020.
- "Seven Temples Announced as April 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 1 Apr. 2018.