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Seattle Washington Temple

19th dedicated temple in operation
Seattle Washington Temple

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2808 148th Ave SE
Bellevue, Washington  98007-6453
United States
Telephone:  (+1) 425-643-5144


NO visitors' center open to the public
NO arrival center available
NO patron housing available
NO distribution center nearby (Store Locator)


15 November 1975

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

27 May 1978 by Marion G. Romney

Public Open House: 

7 October–8 November 1980


17–21 November 1980 by Spencer W. Kimball


23.5 acres  |  9.5 hectares

Exterior Finish: 

Reinforced concrete faced with white marble aggregate and cast stone

Architectural Features: 

Single attached end spire with an angel Moroni statue

Ordinance Rooms: 

Four instruction rooms, thirteen sealing rooms, and one baptistry

Total Floor Area: 

110,000 square feet  |  10,219 square meters


179 feet  |  54.6 meters


412 feet  |  126 meters

Temple Locale

The Seattle Washington Temple is located off I-90 on a gently rising hill across from Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. The captivating landscaping that surrounds the temple features a cascading water feature, family-themed statues, and numerous brightly colored flowers, hedges, and trees. The site is surrounded by a grove of beautiful Washington evergreens.

Temple History

The Seattle Washington Temple was the first temple built in the Pacific Northwest (and in the state of Washington).

The Seattle Washington Temple was originally named the Seattle Temple.

The Seattle Washington Temple is one of only five temples featuring an angel Moroni statue holding the gold plates. (The other four temples are the Los Angeles California Temple, the Washington D.C. Temple, the Jordan River Utah Temple, and the Mexico City Mexico Temple.)

Because the Seattle Washington Temple would be situated near the Bellevue Airfield, the proposed height of the spire was reduced, and a red strobe warning light was installed at the base of the angel Moroni statue. When the airfield closed in 1983, the light was permanently shut off and later removed.

During the dedication of the Seattle Washington Temple, a group of women chained themselves to the front gates as a demonstration of their opposition to the Church's position on the Equal Rights Amendment.

The Seattle Washington Temple was the last temple dedicated by President Spencer W. Kimball, whose ailing health prompted him to call Elder Gordon B. Hinckley as a third counselor in the First Presidency in July 1981. Seventeen more temples would be dedicated under Pres. Kimball's presidency before his death in November 1985.

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