Two LDS temples make Architectural Digest’s list of most beautiful places of worship


The Salt Lake Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Photo by Morgan Lane/UV360)

Architectural Digest recognized two LDS temples on its list, “The Most Beautiful Place of Worship in Each State.”

Choosing one religious structure in each state to highlight, Architectural Design selected two of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temples: Salt Lake Temple and Hartford Connecticut Temple.

The Salt Lake Temple resides at the center of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there are 17 temples in Utah, Architectural Design chose the Salt Lake Temple because of its history.

“Since its construction in 1893, this temple has served as an inspiring design for other LDS Church temples around the United States,” Architectural Design wrote in its article. “It’s also the largest of all temples, clocking in at 253,015 square feet and took 40 years to complete.”

The Hartford Connecticut Temple was dedicated on Nov. 20, 2016. Like other LDS temples, it was open to the public for tours prior to the temple dedication. It is the only LDS temple located in Connecticut.

“With formal gardens in front, the Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple boasts an elegant entry,” Architectural Design wrote. “Once inside, this new temple (open since 2016) features gold Art Deco-like railings around the baptistry area and soaring ceilings with crown molding in the Celestial Room.”

The other religious buildings included mosques, cathedrals and chapels. See Architectural Design’s full list of “The Most Beautiful Place of Worship in Each State” here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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