São Paulo Brazil Temple

Coordinates: 23°35′6.626399″S 46°43′21.95039″W / 23.58517399972°S 46.7227639972°W / -23.58517399972; -46.7227639972 The São Paulo Brazil Temple (formerly the São Paulo Temple) is the 19th constructed and 17th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, it was the first LDS temple built in South America, and also the first temple to use the single story, single spire design. The spire is 101 feet (31 m) tall.

São Paulo Brazil Temple
Templo de sao paulo.jpg
Number 17 edit data
Dedicated 30 October 1978 (30 October 1978) by
Spencer W. Kimball
Site 1.85 acres (0.7 hectares)
Floor area 59,246 sq ft (5,504 m2)
Preceded by Washington D.C. Temple
Followed by Tokyo Japan Temple
Official websiteNews & images
Additional information
Announced 1 March 1975
Groundbreaking 20 March 1976 by
James E. Faust
Open House 17 January – 14 February 2004 (after renovations)
Rededicated 22 February 2004 by
Gordon B. Hinckley
Designed by Emil B. Fetzer
Location Avenida Professor Francisco Morato, 2390
São Paulo, São Paulo
Exterior finish Cast stone composed of quartz and marble aggregates set in white cement
Temple design Spanish influenced modern, single-spire design
Ordinance rooms 2 (Movie, stationary sessions)
Sealing rooms 4
Clothing rental yes
Cafeteria Full
Visitors' center No


The intention to construct a temple in São Paulo was announced by the LDS Church on March 1, 1975, with construction beginning twelve months later. Hundreds of local church members gathered to clear the site, which included removing brush, weeds, and banana trees. Hundreds more members donated their time to produce fifty thousand blocks of cast stone composed of quartz, marble chips, and white concrete for the exterior of the temple. It was dedicated on October 30, 1978, by church president Spencer W. Kimball. The temple has two ordinance rooms and four sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 59,246 square feet (5,504 m2).[1]

On August 20, 2003, a gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni was added to the temple during an extensive renovation and enlargement project 25 years after its dedication.[2] Church president Gordon B. Hinckley rededicated the São Paulo Brazil Temple on February 22, 2004.[3]

In 2020, the São Paulo Brazil Temple was closed temporarily during the year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.[4]


Former temple presidents include Helio R. Camargo (1990–93); Athos M. Amorím (1993–96); and Jairo Mazzagardi (2006–09).[5]

See alsoEdit

Temples in Brazil

Red = Operating
Blue = Under construction
Yellow = Announced
Black = Closed for renovations


  1. ^ Brigham, Janet (October 1978). "The Sao Paulo Temple: Story of Sacrifice and Learning". The Ensign. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Berteaux, Kelsey; Rosner, Jannalee. "10 Things You Didn't Know about the Angel Moroni Statue". LDS Living. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Assis, Fernando (January 30, 2004). "Sao Paulo temple ready for re-dedication". The Church News. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  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.
  5. ^ Satterfield, Rick. "São Paulo Brazil Temple: Presidents", ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org, 2020. Retrieved on 28 March 2020.

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