Christmas at Temple Square
Temple Square in Salt Lake City is Utah’s most visited tourist allurement. It covers 10 acres of chief downtown Salt Lake City real estate. Salt Lake City is the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – the Mormons – with more than 13 million members worldwide.
Temple Square, along with an nearby block and several nearby buildings, comprise the church’s worldwide headquarters. What does being Utah’s most popular tourist allurement average in terms of numbers? Well, it method that 3 to 5 million people a year walk by the gates! Utah’s five National Parks – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion – attract just over 5 million people combined.
Sure it’s true that many of these visitors are Mormons from around the world. But whether you’re a member of the Church or not, it’s a rare must-see for anyone visiting Salt Lake City. And it’s a special time during the Christmas season.
Christmas at Temple Square is absolutely breathtaking. Hundreds of thousands of colored lights sparkle from trees and shrubs throughout the grounds. The lighting of Temple Square the day after Thanksgiving is a popular event attended by thousands. And since it is private character, there’s no reason for “political correctness”. A complete-size Nativity scene is on characterize.
The centerpiece of Temple Square is The Salt Lake Temple. Construction of this magnificent granite structure began in 1853 and lasted 40 years. The Chicago Tribune in 1893 declared that “the building was worth a trip across the continent to see.” And many visitors would say it nevertheless is.
When Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, Brigham Young chosen a plot of land to “build a temple to our God”. When the city was surveyed, the block surrounding that identify was designated for the temple. Shortly after the block was chosen, a high, granite wall was built around the block. Temple Square.
The domed Tabernacle was completed in 1867. It is the home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Tabernacle Organ with 11,623 pipes. It was originally built to house the church’s General Conferences. The overall seating capacity is now 8,000 including the gallery and the choir area. The acoustics are unbelievable. A pin dropped at the pulpit can be clearly heard at the back of the hall. 170 feet away.
The Tabernacle was rededicated in 2007 after extensive restoration work. Organ recitals are presented daily. The choir and Orchestra at Temple Square rehearse weekly.
In 2000, a brand new 21,000 seat Conference Center was built directly north of Temple Square. It is used chiefly for the LDS Church General Conferences. Concerts and other cultural events are also held here.
Some of the other attractions at Temple Square Salt Lake City include:
* The Salt Lake Assembly Hall, The Seagull Monument and two visitors’ centers.
* The Family History Library housing the largest collection of genealogical information in the world. You can retrieve information about your family history from this great storehouse of information.
* The Museum of Church History and Art contains one of the largest and oldest collections of western and religious art in the Intermountain West.
* The Beehive House – a national historic landmark. A real glimpse of what family life was like a century or so ago. Built in 1854, it’s been perfectly preserved room by room.
Free tours of Temple Square are conducted in 40 languages! No matter what your religious or cultural background, I highly recommend you include a visit to Temple Square. Especially during the Christmas season.