Lisbon Portugal Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 5 December 2015 by Patrick Kearon
The First Presidency has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lisbon Portugal Temple will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 12:00 noon. Elder Patrick Kearon, president of the Europe Area, will preside. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only, with the general public invited to view the proceedings live from local meetinghouses. Additional details will be communicated through local priesthood leaders as the event draws near.1
The Lisbon Portugal Temple site sits in the northeastern section of the city near the modern parish of Parque das Nações. Once a nondescript industrial area, the Parque das Nações neighborhood was redeveloped for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition (known as Expo '98), featuring the theme: The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future. Today, Parque das Nações is a thriving hub of leisure, commercial, and residential activity on the Tagus River, boasting famed venues that include the Lisbon Oceanarium, the Vasco de Gama Tower, the twin São Gabriel and São Rafael towers, the Parque Das Nações Marina, the MEO Arena, the Vasco de Gama Center (shopping mall), and the Vasco de Gama Bridge. The area is beautified by volcano and waterfall fountains that can all be taken in from an overhead gondola lift.
Transportation to and from the temple will be greatly facilitated by the Lisbon Metro, as the site is located adjacent to the Moscavide station. The station opened in July 2012 in conjunction with the Encarnação and Aeroporto stations, expanding the line that serves the Lisbon Airport, situated just two miles west of the temple site.
On January 7, 2013, the Church announced that acquisition of land within the Lisbon city limits had been finalized for construction of the temple. However, a specific location for the site was not given at that time.2
In his opening remarks of the 180th Semiannual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a temple in Lisbon, Portugal—the first to be constructed in the country.3 The Saints of Portugal, organized into 6 stakes and 4 districts, currently attend the Madrid Spain Temple, an approximately 390-mile (625-kilometer) drive from Lisbon.
The Lisbon Portugal Temple will be the first temple built in Portugal.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Groundbreaking Announced for Lisbon Portugal Temple," 22 Oct. 2015.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "A Igreja adquire o terreno onde será construído o Templo de Lisboa," 7 Jan. 2013.
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Five New Temples Announced," 2 Oct. 2010.