Johannesburg South Africa Temple

Coordinates: 26°10′40.98359″S 28°2′21.10199″E / 26.1780509972°S 28.0391949972°E / -26.1780509972; 28.0391949972 The Johannesburg South Africa Temple is the 36th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Johannesburg South Africa Temple
Johannesburg Temple from skyline.jpeg
Number 36 edit data
Dedicated 24 August 1985 (24 August 1985) by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Floor area 19,184 sq ft (1,782 m2)
Height 112 ft (34 m)
Preceded by Chicago Illinois Temple
Followed by Seoul Korea Temple
Official websiteNews & images


In April 1981, LDS Church leaders announced the building of a temple in Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa. Groundbreaking took place on 27 November 1982. Once the site of estates built by nineteenth-century mining magnates and financiers, the area around the temple now features hospitals, office buildings, and schools, many of which are housed in mansions from the Victorian era.[1]

The temple is visible from many parts of the city with its six spires reaching into the sky. The edges of the building are finished with tiered layers of face brick.[2] A gray slate roof and indigenous quartzite for the temple's perimeter walls and entrance archways are designed to fit in with the historic buildings nearby.[1]

Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the temple on 24 August 1985.[3] Although additional temples have been announced in Durban, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Johannesburg temple currently serves church members from the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and Madagascar.

The temple has a total floor area of 19,184 square feet (1,782.3 m2), four ordinance rooms, and three sealing rooms.

In 2020, the Johannesburg South Africa Temple was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Hawkins, Chad (2001). The First 100 Temples, page 100[full citation needed]
  2. ^ Davie, Lucille (July 2004). The Church Commissioned by God. Johannesburg News Agency.
  3. ^ "A complete list of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints", Deseret News, 15 December 2019. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.
  4. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "All Latter-day Saint temples to close due to coronavirus", The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 March 2020. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.

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