Frankfurt Germany Temple
41st operating temple; closed for renovation; some exterior stone removed; foundation exposed; old meetinghouse razed; estimated to be completed in early to mid-2018 (no official dates announced)
Physical AddressTalstrasse 10
DE-61381 Friedrichsdorf, Hessen
Mailing AddressPouch, Germany
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150Telephone (49) 6172-59000
Facsimile (49) 6172-75230
Distribution Services (49) 6172-591-690
Announcement: 1 April 1981
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 1 July 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Public Open House: 29 July–8 August 1987
Dedication: 28–30 August 1987 by Ezra Taft Benson
Site: 5.2 acres.
Exterior Finish: Bethel white granite from northern Vermont; copper roof.
Ordinance Rooms: Four ordinance rooms (stationary) and five sealing.
Total Floor Area: 24,170 square feet.
On Monday, September 7, 2015, the Frankfurt Germany Temple closed to accommodate an extensive renovation of the temple. Renovation plans include the construction of a new visitors' center.
Situated several miles north of Frankfurt in the historic city of Friedrichsdorf, the Frankfurt Germany Temple stands on elevated land near a major highway where drivers can glimpse its graceful detached spire. Ancillary buildings are on site including a residence for the temple president, a temple missionary housing facility, a patron housing facility, and a stake center. The immaculate park-like grounds—open to the public—are beautified with colorful shrubs and flowers.
Construction of the Frankfurt Germany Temple met opposition during its early planning phases, but President Gordon B. Hinckley told local officials that they would not regret their decision to permit construction of the temple. It "will be a thing of beauty in this lovely area," he said. "It will be a source of pride to local residents, who will come to speak of it as 'our temple.'"
President Gordon B. Hinckley broke ground for the Frankfurt Germany Temple the day after he concluded the dedicatory services for the Freiberg Germany Temple. The next day, he dedicated the Stockholm Sweden Temple.
The Frankfurt Germany Temple and Freiberg Germany Temple originally belonged to separate nations: Frankfurt to the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and Freiberg to the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), a socialist state created by the Soviet Union. The two nations reunited in 1990, three years after the dedication of the Frankfurt Germany Temple.
During its week-and-a-half open house period, the Frankfurt Germany Temple was toured by some 70,000 visitors.
As an apostle, Elder Ezra Taft Benson was called to minister in Europe in 1945, following the devastation of World War II, and again in 1963 to serve as president of the European Mission, headquartered in Frankfurt. In August 1987, it was his special treat to return to Frankfurt—now as president of the Church—to dedicate the Frankfurt Germany Temple.
The Frankfurt Germany Temple was dedicated in eleven sessions over three days with approximately 12,570 members attending, largely coming from the nations of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France.