Historic Temple Square : Michelin's recommendations
This pleasantly landscaped 10-acre plot is the hub of downtown Salt Lake City and the heart of the Mormon faith. Here are the six-spired temple, the silver-domed tabernacle, the beautiful Assembly Hall and several noteworthy statues and monuments. Pairs of young Latter-day Saint missionaries from all over the world conduct free tours and discuss elements of their faith in 30 languages, leaving every few minutes from a flagpole at the center of the complex. Although no one not baptized into the church is permitted to enter the Salt Lake Temple (or any other temple), audiovisual presentations in the North and South Visitors Centers show some of its highlights. The red-sandstone foundation was laid in 1853-55, but the capstone was not put into place until 1892. The stunning structure has granite walls 9ft thick at ground level, 6ft thick at top, and a statue of the angel Moroni, cast in copper (by sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin) and covered with 22-karat gold, trumpeting from a 210ft spire. The Salt Lake Tabernacle took just three years to construct; it opened in 1867 as the first building on Temple Square. Seating 6,000 people, it contains a remarkable 11,623-pipe, 32ft-tall organ that accompanies the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There is no charge to the public to attend weekly broadcast choir performances (9:15am Sun) or rehearsals (8pm Thu). Daily organ recitals are also offered. Also on the grounds is the semi-Gothic Assembly Hall (1880), a miniature cathedral that now hosts free concerts and lectures. Nearby is The Miracle of the Gulls Monument (1913, Mahonri Young), honoring the seagulls that saved the first pioneers' crop. The Nauvoo Temple Bell, a 782-pound bronze bell transported by wagon from Illinois in 1846-47, rings hourly on the square. Outside the southeast corner of Temple Square is the Brigham Young Monument, erected in 1897 to honor the founding father of Salt Lake City.
- Address : 50 W. South Temple St. USA - Salt Lake City, UT 8415084150Salt Lake City
- Phone : (801) 240-2534
- Website : http://www.lds.org