The Rome Italy Temple is a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Rome, Italy. The temple serves church members in Italy, as well as Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, and parts of Romania.[2] Thomas S. Monson, the LDS Church's president, initially announced the temple in 2008, a groundbreaking took place in 2010, and the temple opened after its dedication in 2019.[3]

Rome Italy Temple
Dedication10 March 2019, by Russell M. Nelson
Site14.5 acres (5.9 ha)
Floor area41,010 sq ft (3,810 m2)
Height156.25 ft (47.63 m)
Official websiteNews & images
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Additional information
Announced4 October 2008, by Thomas S. Monson[1]
Groundbreaking23 October 2010, by Thomas S. Monson
Open house28 January-16 February 2019
Current presidentJames Albert Toronto
LocationRome, Italy
Geographic coordinates41°58′14.2284″N 12°32′44.2752″E / 41.970619000°N 12.545632000°E / 41.970619000; 12.545632000
Exterior finishBianco Sardo Granite
Ordinance rooms2
Sealing rooms3
Clothing rentalYes
Visitors' centerYes

History edit

Mayor Gianni Alemanno visiting the community of Rome (2013)

At first, only a small parcel was available for construction of a temple, but due to ensuing replanning, the entire 15 acres of the land was made available for its construction and the associated building.[4]

Before the temple was built, the land was a farm that the LDS Church acquired in 1997, which included the property of a villa, an olive plantation, and pizza broiler on the outside. This was a place where church members used to gather and host activities from time to time; full-time missionaries also resided there for a period of time. [5]

On 4 October 2008, Monson announced plans to build a temple in Rome.[6][7] 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.[7]

The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple was held 23 October 2010, with Monson presiding.[8] Only invited guests were allowed to be at the groundbreaking, but the ceremony was rebroadcast to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses in Italy the following day, to provide greater participation.[9] Dignitaries at the groundbreaking included Vice Mayor of Rome, Giuseppe Ciardi, Italian senator Lucio Malan,[10] along with Monson, William R. Walker, and Erich W. Kopischke, each of whom were LDS Church general authorities.[11]

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. All 15 of the LDS Church apostles attended the temple's dedication.[12] 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.[12]

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.[13]

In 2020, like all the church's other temples, the Rome Italy Temple was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[14]

Design edit

Neils Valentiner, the architect of the Rome Italy Temple said its design is inspired by San Carlino Roman Catholic church in Rome, with a curved design on both the building's exterior and interior. The surfaces throughout the temple, including the floors, walls and countertops are made of Perlato Svevo marbles, which were quarried in Italy. Other stones from Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Brazil are added to them to give emphasis.[15]

At the temple's entrance is a floor-to-ceiling stained-glass wall that depicts a scene of Jesus Christ's life. An olive tree and its leaves are featured on other additional art-glass. Other inside highlights include an oval design staircase, a mural featuring Italian landscape from the ocean to the slopes in the instruction room, a Baroque-style bridal room with crystal sconces and hand-painted chairs, sculpted-off white carpets in the sealing and celestial rooms. Additionally, the baptistry is featured with elliptical font, inlaid stones and Roman-style acanthus leaves; original paintings can be found throughout the temple. [16]

Location edit

The temple under construction in 2013.
Rome Italy Temple at night
Model of Rome Italy Temple grounds

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.[17] This site is located in Rome's Municipio III (formerly IV), along the via di Settebagni.[9]

Site edit

The site includes the temple, a church meetinghouse, a visitor center, a Family History Center (FHC), a piazza, guest housing, and landscaped gardens and fountains.[6]

The Rome Italy Temple is a three-story building where LDS Church members perform religious ordinances. It is on the site's east, atop the piazza with stone steps and fountains that lead down to the visitor center on the opposite end. The meetinghouse where members and visitors gather together for Sunday church services and social activities during the week is on the west. Another building on the north accommodates patrons who traveled long distances and the FHC which offers resources, facilities, equipment and services for doing genealogy work.[18]

Visitors' Center edit

Near the entrance of the visitors' center is an art-glass work created by a team of 25 artists led by Tom and Gayle Holdman. It depicts the 100 references of Christ’s life on earth, containing symbols of His parables in the New Testament. [19]

Behind the art-work on the other side is a copy of Bertel Thorvaldsen's Christus statue, as well as copies of his twelve apostle statues found in the Lutheran Cathedral Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen,[20] facing the temple in a rotunda, with an Italian landscape as background. [21]

Opposite to the statues is a see-through floor-to-ceiling glass window that reflects the statue of Christ on the temple across the grounds, a similar effect can be seen from outside the visitor center, where the temple is reflected on or near the statue of Christ. [22]

Other features in the visitor center include separate rooms and quiet places for reflection or missionary discussions with investigators and a small theater that plays the “Storms of Life” videos - recordings of how individuals confront and manage their challenges in real life. Additionally, a large model of the temple is on display to show the rooms, settings, and inside features. A map showing locations of meetinghouses all across the country can be found upstairs with the Family History Center.[23]

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Mikita, Carole (October 4, 2008). "LDS Church plans temples in Rome, 4 other locations". Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ Povoledo, Elisabetta. "In Center of Catholicism, New Mormon Temple Invites Curious Romans for a Look", The New York Times, 17 February 2019. Retrieved on 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ Last, First. "Latter-day Saint President Russell Nelson dedicates Rome Temple day after historic meeting with Pope Francis", The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 March 2019. Retrieved on 22 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Stunning new photos of the Rome Italy Temple capture the interior for the first time". Church News. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  5. ^ "Stunning new photos of the Rome Italy Temple capture the interior for the first time". Church News. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  6. ^ a b Noyce, David. "Get the first look at Latter-day Saints’ new showcase temple in Rome", The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 January 2019. Retrieved on 22 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b Acerson Family (2008), Roman Italy Temple, archived from the original on May 21, 2009, retrieved 7 December 2009
  8. ^ Swensen, Jason (30 October 2010), "Groundbreaking for Rome Italy Temple", Church News, retrieved 17 August 2016
  9. ^ a b Satterfield, Rick, "Rome Italy Temple",, retrieved 17 August 2016
  10. ^ "Rome Italy Temple update", Church News, July 10, 2012, retrieved 2012-10-31
  11. ^ "Ground broken for LDS temple in Rome",, October 23, 2010, retrieved 2012-10-31
  12. ^ a b Noyce, David. "A historic first: All 15 top Latter-day Saint leaders will be in Rome for temple dedication this weekend", The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 March 2019. Retrieved on 22 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Rome Italy Temple Is Dedicated: The cornerstone ceremony is held". Newsroom. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 10 March 2019.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Rome Italy Temple |". Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  16. ^ "Stunning new photos of the Rome Italy Temple capture the interior for the first time". Church News. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  17. ^ "New Temple Site Locations Announced", Newsroom, LDS Church, 7 October 2008, retrieved 2012-10-31
  18. ^ Walch, Tad (2019-01-14). "Apostles lead first open house visitors through Rome Italy Temple". Deseret News. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  19. ^ "The Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center: Teaching the gospel in direct sight of the temple". Church News. 2019-04-05. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  20. ^ Carreon, Ryan (October 27, 2012), "LDS visitors center in Rome to feature recreated Christus statue", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-10-31
  21. ^ "Stunning new photos of the Rome Italy Temple capture the interior for the first time". Church News. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  22. ^ "The Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center: Teaching the Gospel in Direct Sight of the Temple - Church News and Events". Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  23. ^ "The Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center: Teaching the Gospel in Direct Sight of the Temple - Church News and Events". Retrieved 2021-05-28.

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