See Inside the New Lisbon Portugal Temple

Contributed By Danielle Christensen, Church News staff writer

  • 16 August 2019

Celestial room of the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Inspired by the late Art Deco and Modern styles, The temple includes azulejo tile star patterns and gold, blue, ochre, and lavender colors.

A public open house for the Lisbon Portugal Temple is being held this month.

The open house begins Saturday, August 17, and runs through Saturday, August 31, with the exception of Sundays. The free, public open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Newsroom reported.

The temple’s architecture was inspired by the late Art Deco and Modern styles and includes azulejo tile star patterns, which are native to Portugal. Colors in the temple consist of gold, blue, ochre, and lavender. The exterior of the temple is made of Portuguese Moleanos limestone. 

Stone tile, in varying shades of brown and cream, are from Spain, Italy, and Turkey. Both interior and exterior glass in the temple has been carved in traditional Portuguese patterns and is highlighted with gold leaf. Additionally, chandeliers in the sealing and celestial rooms are made of Swarovski crystal.

At 49 feet tall, the temple has a 134-foot gold-leafed spire with a statue of the angel Moroni on top.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple is the country’s first temple and was announced by President Thomas S. Monson during the October 2010 general conference. At present, there are nearly 45,000 Church members in the country, with six stakes, four districts, and one mission. 

The Madrid Spain Temple—which is over 300 miles (500 kilometers) away from Lisbon—has been serving Latter-day Saints in the area since 1999.

With the Church officially recognized in Portugal since October 27, 1974, the country was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel by President Monson on April 25, 1975. A groundbreaking for the temple was held on December 5, 2014, and the temple will be officially dedicated on Sept. 15.

Reservations for the Lisbon Portugal Temple open house are available here.

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Entry into the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

Detailed décor in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

The baptistry in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

An instruction room in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

A painting of Jesus Christ is at the end of a hallway in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

Detailed décor in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

Celestial room in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

Brides’ room in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

A sealing room in the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

Detailed décor on the outside of the Lisbon Portugal Temple.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple.