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Upper Walls Poured for the Salvador Brazil Temple

Construction of the Salvador Brazil Temple, which began almost nine months ago, is steadily moving forward. The upper concrete structural walls have been poured, and rebar has been set for the the parapet and curvilinear gables. The concrete walls for the two-story ancillary building that stands south of the temple are finished.

Forming the Upper Walls of the Salvador Brazil Temple

Towering steel rods and concrete forms are preparing the Salvador Brazil Temple for its second floor concrete pours. The main floor window openings are visible, giving an early indication of the fenestration for the rear side of the building. The temple will be approximately 30,000 square feet and will share a similar floor plan to the temple that is to be constructed in Guatemala City. Work also continues on the ancillary building.

Salvador Brazil Temple Exterior Walls Rising

The concrete structural walls for the Salvador Brazil Temple have risen high above the blue construction barrier that surrounds the property. The ground floor walls have been poured, and the upper walls will soon follow. The structural columns for the upper floor of the accommodation center are also in place. A mock-up structure stands near the south entrance and has already been clad in stone.

Picturesque Setting for the Salvador Brazil Temple

The stunning tropical setting of the Salvador Brazil Temple can be seen in a new photograph taken from the viewpoint of a drone. Nearly an acre of the forested property, which features a small body of water, will be dedicated to environmental preservation. Framing for the baptismal font is seen in the center of the basement level, and progress is being made on the two-story ancillary building to the south.

Stone Cladding Added to Wall Mock-Up at the Salvador Brazil Temple

A mock-up structure at the Salvador Brazil Temple site has been beautifully clad in stone to give crews a reference when the time comes to install stone cladding on the temple exterior. The structure stands near the ancillary building, which is seen in the background of the accompanying photograph. The temple foundation is in place, and preparations are being made for the superstructure. Cylindrical concrete footings are being poured around the perimeter of the property.

Foundation Walls Poured for the Salvador Brazil Temple

Looking past the wing of an airliner to the ground below, a passenger shares an aerial view of the construction progress on the Salvador Brazil Temple. The reinforced concrete walls and columns are being built for the temple foundation, and the structural columns are rising for the two-story ancillary building to the south of the temple that will house an accommodation center, temple missionary apartments, and auxiliary spaces.

Building the Salvador Brazil Temple Foundation

An aerial view of the Salvador Brazil Temple site, taken from inside an airliner, shows the construction progress being made on the footings and foundations. The temple will be highly visible not only to airplane passengers descending into the Salvador International Airport, but also to rapid transit passengers at the Bahia Metro station and to the many motorists traveling Avenida Paralela—the main motorway for the state of Bahia.

Salvador Brazil Temple Site Leveled, Tower Crane Installed

The large bluff where ground was broken for the Salvador Brazil Temple has been brought down to street level during the earthworks phase of construction. The retaining walls that had bordered the main street, Avenida Paralela, were removed early in the process. A tower crane has been installed on site, and a mock-up structure can been seen rising over the blue construction barrier. Work is progressing on footings and foundations.

Retaining Wall Removed from the Salvador Brazil Temple Site

The retaining wall that once surrounded the Salvador Brazil Temple site has been removed, as earth-moving equipment continues to shape and level the property in preparation for construction. The site will be home to the temple and a two-story ancillary building featuring an accommodation center, temple missionary apartments, and auxiliary spaces. Salvador is the largest city proper in the Northeast Region of Brazil with a population of nearly three million residents.

Earth-Moving Equipment at the Salvador Brazil Temple Site

A cluster of earth movers huddles near the entrance to the Salvador Brazil Temple site ready to further the work of clearing and grading the property. A significant amount of work was accomplished ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony held a month ago. According to a local news article, nearly an acre of land will be dedicated to environmental preservation, and extensive gardens and vegetation will cover another two acres.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for the Salvador Brazil Temple

Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, president of the Brazil Area, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Salvador Brazil Temple on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Elder de Paula Parrella was accompanied by his wife, Elaine, and joined by other guests including his counselors in the presidency and their wives, the mayor of Salvador, and other local government and Church leaders. Elder Joni L. Koch, first counselor in the presidency, offered the dedicatory prayer. "We recognize this city whose name, Salvador, refers to your Son," prayed Elder Koch. "May the construction of this holy house on this mountaintop…symbolize, for everyone here and around the world, a testimony of thy greatness and the certainty of eternal life."

Grading Permit Issued for the Salvador Brazil Temple

Signage has been posted at the Salvador Brazil Temple site giving notice to the public of a grading permit that was issued to the general contractor on May 4, about three months ahead of the scheduled August groundbreaking. A large tree-covered bluff, surrounded by a body of water, is the prominent feature of the property, which will require substantial clearing and grading to prepare it for construction. The notice describes the project as construction of a religious temple and a two-story building housing accommodation, apartments, and auxiliary areas.

August Groundbreaking Announced for the Salvador Brazil Temple

The First Presidency has announced that ground will be broken for the Salvador Brazil Temple in August 2021. Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, president of the Brazil Area, will preside at the event. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only in accordance with local COVID-19 guidelines. There are thirteen temples in Brazil either in planning, under construction, or dedicated.