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Rome Italy Temple
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Number 162 edit data
Dedicated 10 March 2019 (10 March 2019) by
Russell M. Nelson
Site 14.8 acres (6 hectares)
Floor area 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2)
Preceded by Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Followed by Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 41°58′14.2284″N 12°32′44.2752″E / 41.970619000°N 12.545632000°E / 41.970619000; 12.545632000 The Rome Italy Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Rome, Italy. The intent to construct the temple was announced on 4 October 2008, by church president Thomas S. Monson during a session of the church's general conference. The temple will serve church members in Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, as well as the more than 22,000 Italian church members.[2] Monson presided at a groundbreaking ceremony, to signify the beginning of construction, on 23 October 2010, with the temple dedicated in March 2019 following completion.[3][4]

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HistoryEdit

 
Mayor Gianni Alemanno visiting the community of Rome (2013)

On 4 October 2008, Monson announced the plans to build a temple in Rome, Italy.[2] The temple site was purchased by the church during the late 1990s and was originally the site of a home; which was razed during the fall of 2009.[5] In preparation for the construction, and as part of the permit process, all potential building sites in Rome must undergo a search for ancient Roman ruins by digging trenches every 10 to 15 feet apart across the entire property. Following the search for ruins on the temple property, it was announced that none were found, and construction would be permitted.[5]

The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple was held 23 October 2010, with Monson presiding.[6] Only invited guests were allowed to be at the groundbreaking, but to allow all members to participate the ceremony was rebroadcast to LDS meetinghouses in Italy the following day.[7] Dignitaries at the groundbreaking included Vice Mayor of Rome, Giuseppe Ciardi, Italian senator Lucio Malan,[8] along with Monson, William R. Walker, and Erich W. Kopischke of the LDS Church.[9]

On March 29, 2018, the LDS Church announced that a public open house would be held from January 28 through February 16, 2019, excluding Sundays. The temple was dedicated on March 10-12, 2019, with services originally announced as being from March 10 through March 17.[4] The church later updated the dedication dates to be scheduled from March 10 through March 12.[10]

On March 8, 2019, the church announced that all 15 of its apostles would be attending the temple's dedication. This is believed to be the first time the entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were in the same location outside the United States.[11]

The temple was formally dedicated in three sessions on March 10, 2019 by church president Russell M. Nelson, with two more sessions planned for each of the following two days.[3]

LocationEdit

 
The temple under construction in 2013.
 
Rome Italy Temple at Sunset
 
Rome Italy Temple at night

The temple occupies part of a 15-acre (61,000 m2) LDS Church-owned site near the Grande Raccordo Anulare ring road skirting Cinquina in the northeast of Rome.[12] This site is located in Rome's III (formerly IV) municipio, along the via di Settebagni.[7]

The temple site also contains a meetinghouse/chapel for regular Sunday worship services, a visitors' center, a Family History Center, and housing for temple patrons, along with landscaped gardens and fountains.[13] The visitors' center houses a copy of Bertel Thorvaldsen's Christus statue, as well as copies of his twelve apostle statues found in the Lutheran Church of Our Lady cathedral in Copenhagen.[14]

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ Mikita, Carole (October 4, 2008). "LDS Church plans temples in Rome, 4 other locations". KSL.com. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Dougherty, Joseph M. (5 October 2008), "Rome LDS temple, four others announced", Deseret News, retrieved 17 August 2016
  3. ^ a b "Rome Italy Temple Is Dedicated: The cornerstone ceremony is held". Newsroom. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Public Invited to Tour Rome Italy Temple: Open House and Dedication Dates Announced". Newsroom. LDS Church. 2018-03-29.
  5. ^ a b Acerson Family (2008), Roman Italy Temple, archived from the original on May 21, 2009, retrieved 7 December 2009
  6. ^ Swensen, Jason (30 October 2010), "Groundbreaking for Rome Italy Temple", Church News, retrieved 17 August 2016
  7. ^ a b Satterfield, Rick, "Rome Italy Temple", LDSChurchTemples.com, retrieved 17 August 2016
  8. ^ "Rome Italy Temple update", Church News, July 10, 2012, retrieved 2012-10-31
  9. ^ Ground broken for LDS temple in Rome, KSL.com, October 23, 2010, retrieved 2012-10-31
  10. ^ "Modification to the Dates of the Rome Italy Temple Dedication" (PDF). Newsroom. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 5 November 2018.
  11. ^ Entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve to attend Rome Temple Dedication, Deseret News, 8 March 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  12. ^ "New Temple Site Locations Announced", Newsroom, LDS Church, 7 October 2008, retrieved 2012-10-31
  13. ^ "President Monson Breaks Ground for Rome Italy Temple", Newsroom, LDS Church, October 23, 2010, retrieved 2012-10-31
  14. ^ Carreon, Ryan (October 27, 2012), "LDS visitors center in Rome to feature recreated Christus statue", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-10-31

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