Angel Moroni Added to the Salta Argentina Temple
On Thursday, November 24, a crane operator lifted a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni to the top of the Salta Argentina Temple, marking a major milestone in the construction of the temple. It is the last temple to receive the once-traditional statue, as all other temples in planning have been designed with finials. The angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith in 1823 in one of the early events of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Overhead View of the Salta Argentina Temple Site
Stone cladding of the exterior walls of the Salta Argentina Temple has been completed on three sides, leaving the front and the steeple to be finished. The stunning plaza that connects the temple to the housing buildings will include a water feature with a circular fountain and narrow troughs to the north and south. The temple will reach its two-year groundbreaking anniversary in just two weeks.
Construction Advancements on the Salta Argentina Temple
Stone cladding has been completed on two of the four sides of the Salta Argentina Temple. The remaining portions of the west and north sides and the entire steeple will be completed in the coming months. The interior is still in the early stages of completion. Scaffolding is assisting workers with the plastering of walls and ceilings, and safety fences have been placed around the opening and concrete base for the baptismal font.
East Side Scaffolding Removed from the Salta Argentina Temple
Scaffolding has been removed from the east side of the Salta Argentina Temple where stone cladding has been completed. The south side is also nearing completion, and work is underway on the west. The temple faces north toward the accommodation center buildings. Frames have been installed for the roofs, and pieces of the top cornice are being attached. Windows have been installed.
Cladding Progress on the Salta Argentina Temple
Stone cladding of the Salta Argentina Temple is making encouraging progress with the east side virtually completed and work well underway on the south side of the north-facing building. The grounds are being prepared for landscaping on the south end where the highway is located. Most of the parking is planned for the northwest corner, just west of the plaza that lies between the temple and the housing facility.
Hardscaping the Salta Argentina Temple Grounds
An aerial view of the Salta Argentina Temple grounds presents the beauty of the surrounding Andes mountains and the satisfying progress being made on installing the hardscape. Beautiful symmetry is achieved in the angled walkways, rounded patios, and raised planters. Various stages of finish work continue on the exterior including sheathing and stone cladding.
Salta Argentina Temple Steeple Sheathed
The domed steeple that rises over the Salta Argentina Temple has been sheathed, and stone cladding is progressing around the south side of the building. Glass has been installed in the window openings to enclose the temple while brackets have been attached to the top of the openings where ornamental stone will be hung. The temple has been under construction for 17 months.
Cladding the Salta Argentina Temple in Stone
Exterior cladding of the Salta Argentina Temple is making progress on the east wing, and numerous additional crates sit in the staging areas around the building. The soft gray ornamented stone is a handsome choice for this superbly designed House of the Lord. Local church groups enjoy visiting the construction site and taking pictures of the progress. The temple has been under construction for 16 months.
Cupola Frame Installed Atop the Salta Argentina Temple
The metal frame for the domed cupola of the Salta Argentina Temple has been fastened to the top of the steeple frame. A cylindrical pole that rises from the center of the cupola will eventually support a gold-leafed figure of the angel Moroni. Sheathing board is being attached to the exterior walls that have already been wrapped in a vapor barrier. This will be followed by stone cladding.
A View of the Salta Argentina Temple from the Highway
Catch a view of the Salta Argentina Temple from the highway that runs between the temple and the Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport, also known as El Aybal Airport. It is the main hub of the Argentine Andes. Window frames and glass are currently being installed in the temple, and hardscaping of the temple grounds has begun including the walkways and gathering plazas that will surround the building.
Steeple Frame Added to the Salta Argentina Temple
A new structure has been added to the top of the Salta Argentina Temple. The steeple frame has been hoisted and secured into place at the center of the roof. The tiered tower will hold eight stained-glass windows and support a cupola with the angel Moroni. The exterior walls have been damp proofed ahead of the ornamental cladding, which will feature arched openings with scrolled keystones and parapets accented with pinnacles.
Wrapping the Salta Argentina Temple in a Vapor Barrier
Construction of the Salta Argentina Temple began nearly eleven months ago, and the concrete walls have already been wrapped in a vapor barrier to damp proof the exterior of the building. Member groups from throughout the region make visits to the construction site and look forward to the day of dedication. Construction of the Mendoza Argentina Temple is following closely behind the temple in Salta, and construction of a temple in Bahía Blanca is expected to begin soon.
Framing the Interior of the Salta Argentina Temple
Over the past couple of months, the concrete structure for the Salta Argentina Temple has been completed and the roof has been installed, allowing framing on the interior to move forward. Work has also begun on applying a vapor barrier to damp proof the exterior of the building. The temple will be the third of five temples operating, under construction, or in planning for the country of Argentina.
Concrete Walls in Place for the Salta Argentina Temple
Construction continues on the Salta Argentina Temple at the entrance to El Aybal—a gated community and country club in southwestern Salta. The concrete walls for the temple are nearly finished, and work on the accommodation buildings is moving above ground. Excavations have been carried out for the footings of a Church services building and temple president and matron residence.
Salta Argentina Temple Continues to Grow
Concrete forms are in place for the next pour of the exterior walls of the Salta Argentina Temple—the third of five temples operating, under construction, or announced for the country of Argentina. Accommodation buildings are also under construction just north of the temple.
Pouring Exterior Walls for the Salta Argentina Temple
With the foundation installed for the Salta Argentina Temple, the concrete crew is now forming and pouring the steel-reinforced exterior walls of the building. A collection of construction signs sit above the green fence including a prominent print of the temple rendering. Salta has a population of over a half million people and is the largest city in the province of Salta.
Tower Crane Installed at the Salta Argentina Temple Site
A recently installed tower crane stands over the construction site for the Salta Argentina Temple where progress is being made on the foundation. Excavation for the partial basement that will support the baptismal font had been completed by the end of January. The temple will sit in the southern part of Salta at the entrance to a private residential area and country club named El Aybal.
Groundbreaking Held for the Salta Argentina Temple
"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.
Salta Argentina Temple Groundbreaking Further Postponed
A second postponement has been announced for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Salta Argentina Temple. The service was originally announced for August 15 and then postponed until October 9, but it is now anticipated to take place in November 2020. The specific day was not released. Both postponements are due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The temple will be constructed on a beautiful field across from the airport in the southern section of Salta.
Groundbreaking Postponed for the Salta Argentina Temple
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Salta Argentina Temple, which was anticipated to take place this Saturday, has been rescheduled for Friday, October 9, 2020. The decision to delay the event by two months was made in response the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The temple will be the third to be constructed in Argentina. Two more temples have been announced for the cities of Mendoza and Bahía Blanca.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for the Salta Argentina Temple
The groundbreaking date for the Salta Argentina Temple has been announced as Saturday, August 15, 2020. Elder Benjamín De Hoyos, president of the South America South Area, will preside at the event. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only. Because of current COVID-19 restrictions, local social distancing guidelines will be followed. The service will also be broadcast to meetinghouses in the temple district.