Mormon Temple in New York

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Photo of Mormon Temple in New York, New York
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Photo of Mormon Temple in New York, New York
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Photo of Mormon Temple in New York, New York
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Photo of Mormon Temple in New York, New York
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Mormon Temple

125 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York, Lincoln Square
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Nearly two hundred years after the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the group opened its first temple in the heart of a city known as a den of iniquity: New York City. Unlike other Mormon temples, which are known for their attractive exterior architecture, this one resides within a meeting house built for the church in 1975. That building is unremarkable by most standards, with rows of minimal vertical setbacks, and very few windows. But the building, like most religions, beckons people to look for the beauty within. In this case, the beauty carved out of the first, fifth, and sixth floors which have become the temple.

Much of the interior is decorated in soothing shades of white, illuminated by white spotlights and lamps, and offset by black accents in the furniture. It is an immediately calming space, and the sound-proof walls create a welcome sanctuary from the cacophonous lifestyle that is Manhattan.

Perhaps the most impressive room is the Endowment Room. Since the Manhattan temple has no church grounds, a pastoral scene of mountains, trees, valleys and rivers, is painted on the walls and ceiling of this room to evoke a sense of the outdoors. Wooden support beams are exposed, rather than hidden, to give a sense of trees and nature that you can touch.

In a way, the founding of this temple is something of a homecoming for the Mormons. The church was founded in 1830 in upstate New York before being forced west. The opening of this temple, therefore, reflects many important religious themes: redemption, forgiveness, and hope.

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    > Before this temple opened, New York Mormons had to go all the way to Boston, or Washington, D.C. for certain ceremonies.
    > The baptismal font rests on the back of 12 life-sized oxen statues representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
    > The door handles were designed to resemble the Statue of Liberty's torch, to give the building a little local flavor.
    > 8 May, 2004 - In a gesture of goodwill to a curious community, the temple is opened to the public for a month. 56,000 people take the tour of a space that will be off-limits to non-believers and church members who have not attained a special status once it officially opens.
    > 13 June, 2004 - The temple officially opens.
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    > Beehive accents on the doors, which reflect the church's belief in industriousness.
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There are 23 comments.

  Wife and I were among the 1st group of Temple workers there. Following September 11th, 2001, hope was a fragile thing. This Temple was a statement that hope does spring eternal in the human breast, and that we can endure and prosper, in this life, and in the one to come...

Fred V Provoncha - Monday, December 16th, 2013 @ 6:24pm  

  Awesome! There no place that I could find more peace than the temple.

Luciann - Thursday, July 26th, 2012 @ 1:51am  

  I was in heaven as I sat in this place of perfect peace and tasteful beauty. What a miracle to be able to travel throughout the world and find Houses where we can rest our stretched souls. We appreciated every moment of what we felt.

VIvien Roberts - Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 @ 7:38pm  

  the Temple is not supposed to be modern and up to date but a place were you can feel peace and calm.

Cammy - Monday, January 2nd, 2012 @ 1:24pm  

   The endownment room is totally impressive. Some may claim it is not "of New York" but painting it with a city scene would just not make any sense at all, it would clash so much with what is actually presented in the ceremony that it would make no sense at all. I would also point out that the exterior photo is outdated. A steeple and statue of the angel Mormoni have been added onto the building. On the other hand the Palmyra Temple is much more a homecoming temple for the Mormons than the Manhattan Temple.

John Pack Lambert - Friday, November 5th, 2010 @ 4:16pm  

  Overdone, kitsch, and boring... This is a new temple, and yet the interior looks like one of the old Mormon temples in Utah (St. George, Manti, Logan, etc.) Couldn't they have come up with something that better reflects Manhattan? Something modern and in good taste? And a previous poster is right... it looks like a middle-brow "fancy" hotel... done by someone who only thinks they know good interior design! Ick.

Max - Friday, March 5th, 2010 @ 7:32am  

  Beautiful, inspirational sacred place, I'm very thankful for all this gifts from heaven.

Rita - Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 @ 7:42pm  

  A great place! It's amazing beautiful and invite ouselves to reflect our condition today before the Lord.

Gustavo - Thursday, May 21st, 2009 @ 10:26pm  

  As for the three people that gave low ratings, let me say this: The temple wasn't built to please you - It was built for the Father. It's pretty low giving one star to The House of the Lord, if you ask me. Five stars for the Lord's holy dwelling place!

Kyle - Sunday, September 21st, 2008 @ 12:48am  

  oh my goodness!i love the temples.i havnt been to this one yet but i would love to.i go to the st louis and dallas temple.

dani - Sunday, May 25th, 2008 @ 11:24am  

  This is a wonderful temple. I have seen every mormon temple and this is one of the nicest ones i have ever seen.

Tyrell - Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 @ 10:38am  

  Love this sacred building, it`s the best place in the world, to be in His presence.

Cèsar Celestino - Wednesday, December 26th, 2007 @ 1:41pm  

  Kitsch. Boring. Decorated like a middle brow "fancy" hotel.

Lulu - Thursday, August 16th, 2007 @ 2:18pm  

  I realize this place is sacred to Mormons, but from an architectural perspective it is pure kitsch. Looks like one of Saddam's palaces.

joel - Wednesday, August 17th, 2005 @ 3:22am  

  I am 13 and a mormon and I am British, but I have been in the Manhatton Temple and like all temples it is a holy place. I love being in the temples and doing divine work in them. They are beautiful clean places

helen - Thursday, August 11th, 2005 @ 5:17pm  

   Its beautiful, truly 'a place of peace and rest, unmarred by eartly care'

Rob McKay - Tuesday, June 21st, 2005 @ 4:50am  

  I am impressed. Very nice photos and of course the building is magnificent! I was reading about the construction in news, awesome!

Keith - Thursday, May 5th, 2005 @ 9:27pm  

  I love this place!!! It's wonderfully,and amazing Work... .... (p.s.>Taipei Temple said Hi!)

Xavier - Sunday, April 24th, 2005 @ 10:44am  

  This is one of the most beautiful temples i have ever seen

Hedi Wolfgramm - Thursday, February 10th, 2005 @ 12:24am  

  I think every house of the Lord is beautiful, and this one is tight! i love to go there somedays

Dj Pojol - Sunday, November 7th, 2004 @ 2:25pm  

  This is a beautiful Temple in the middle of a busy city. There is a temple by my house so I've never been without one. I can take it for granted, but I am so happy for the people of New York that they finally have a Temple close by.

Breein Robey - Thursday, October 14th, 2004 @ 11:18am  

  A very good job of turning a building that is ugly on the outside into something better on the inside.

Sandy - Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 @ 9:44am  

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