Barranquilla Colombia Temple
Temple and site design completed; groundbreaking not announced
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple is pending. No date has been announced.
The design for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple and site plan have been completed, but they have not yet been publicly released.
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will stand in the picturesque oceanside community of Puerto Colombia across from Colegio Alemán, approximately two kilometers west of Barranquilla proper. The elevated property, located on the highway to Cartagena, commands a beautiful view of the Magdalena River—the largest river in Colombia—and of the ocean.1
President Thomas S. Monson announced the Barranquilla Colombia Temple on October 1, 2011, during the Saturday morning session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference. The new temple will serve faithful Saints from 15 stakes located in northern Colombia and western Venezuela. In 1966, the first LDS missionaries arrived in the country of Colombia where there are now more than 173,000 members organized into 28 stakes and 12 districts.2
The Barranquilla Colombia Temple will be the second temple built in Colombia, following the Bogotá Colombia Temple (1999).
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Nuevo Templo Mormón en Barranquilla, Colombia," 26 Jun. 2012.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for France, Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming," 1 Oct. 2011.