Copenhagen Denmark Temple
118th operating temple
Physical AddressPriorvej 12
Mailing AddressHolmevej 59
DENMARKTelephone (45) 38-18-1818
Facsimile (45) 38-18-1819
Distribution Services (45) 38-87-6267
Announcement: 17 March 1999
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 24 April 1999 by Spencer J. Condie
Public Open House: 29 April–15 May 2004
Dedication: 23 May 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site: Less than 1 acre.
Exterior Finish: Original brick and columns of meetinghouse dedicated in 1931.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 25,000 square feet.
The Copenhagen Denmark Temple was the second temple built from an existing building, following the Vernal Utah Temple (1997). The temple is a total renovation of the neo-classical Priorvej chapel, which was built in 1931 and dedicated by Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The interior was completely gutted, leaving the exterior and a few carefully reproduced portions of the interior as reminders of the original chapel.
Construction on the Copenhagen Denmark Temple came to halt not long after renovation began when realizations were made regarding the building's physical dimensions and the high water table in the area. Plans had to be redrawn, significantly increasing the cost of the temple.
The redrawn plans for Copenhagen Denmark Temple included demolition of an existing mission office and garage known as the "villa." The baptismal font was relocated to a separate underground structure adjacent to the temple and marked with an above-ground glass dome. A similar dome was added to the temple over the Celestial Room.
A new meetinghouse, the Nitivej Chapel, was built near the Copenhagen Denmark Temple during the same time the temple was constructed. The chapel served as the starting point for tours during the temple open house.
A total of 25,512 visitors toured the Copenhagen Denmark Temple during its two-and-a-half week public open house, resulting in 1,084 missionary referrals.
During the open house, an 8-foot replica of Bertel Thorvaldsen's Christus statue was placed in the chapel entryway for visitors to see. The original statue stands in the Vor Frue Kirke (The Church of Our Lady), just a few minutes away in downtown Copenhagen.
At the dedication of the Copenhagen Denmark Temple, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke of his testimony of eternal life with our loved ones, which had been an anchor to him in dealing with the void of losing his dear wife, Marjorie, who had passed away the month before.
The Copenhagen Denmark Temple was dedicated on the 170th anniversary of the birth of Carl Bloch, the famed Danish painter whose work has been used extensively by the Church. The Brigham Young University Museum of Art owns Bloch's original painting of Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda.