Viña del Mar Chile Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; groundbreaking not announced
Announcement:1 October 2023
Site:1.87 acres | 0.8 hectares
Total Floor Area:30,000 square feet | 2,787 square meters
Elevation:52 feet | 16 meters
The Viña del Mar Chile Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
An official rendering of the Viña del Mar Chile Temple has not yet been released to the public.
On November 6, 2023, the location of the Viña del Mar Chile Temple was announced as a 1.87-acre site where the stake center for the Viña del Mar Chile Stake stands. The location is between 3rd North Street and 4th North Street (near 4½ West) in Viña del Mar. Plans call for a temple of approximately 30,000 square feet.1
On October 1, 2023, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the Viña del Mar Chile Temple at the October 2023 General Conference. Viña del Mar is the fourth-largest city in Chile with around 300,000 residents. It is part of the Valparaíso metropolitan area on the central coast of Chile. It will be the first temple in the region of Valparaíso and the fifth in the country. The first temple in Spanish-speaking South America was dedicated in Santiago in 1983. The other three temples in the country at the time of the announcement were in Antofagasta, Concepción, and Santiago West.
Since one of the Church’s earliest leaders served a mission there in 1851, Chile has become home to more than 600,000 Latter-day Saints in around 575 congregations. Since the 1960 earthquakes in Concepción and Valdivia, Church members have provided humanitarian assistance to help the country recover from these natural disasters. In 2004, the Chilean government recognized the Church for its role in fighting poverty.2
- "See the Location of the new Temple in Viña del Mar, Chile," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 6 Nov. 2023.
- "The Church of Jesus Christ Will Build 20 New Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 1 Oct. 2023.