San Salvador El Salvador Temple
135th operating temple
Physical AddressColonia San Benito
Avenida El Espino
entre Calle El Pedregal y Boulevard Diego de Holguín
Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad
Mailing AddressSameTelephone (503) 2520-2630
Facsimile (503) 2520-2654
Distribution Services (503) 2520-2600
Announcement: 7 November 2007
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 20 September 2008 by Don R. Clarke
Public Open House: 1–23 July 2011
Dedication: 21 August 2011 by Henry B. Eyring
Site: 6.5 acres.
Exterior Finish: Branco Sienna Granite from Brazil.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 27,986 square feet.
Situated in the affluent Antiguo Cuscatlán district, the stately San Salvador El Salvador Temple seemingly hovers above highly traveled Avenida El Espino at its location near the Multiplaza Panamericana Mall. Adjacent to the temple is a meetinghouse and a patron housing facility with a residence for the temple president, a cafeteria, and Distribution Services. The sacred edifice is surrounded by verdant grounds that offer a calming retreat to all El Salvadoreans.
The San Salvador El Salvador Temple was the fourth temple to be built in Central America, following the Guatemala City Guatemala Temple (1984), the San José Costa Rica Temple (2000), and the Panamá City Panamá Temple (2008), and the first built in El Salvador.
The architectural design of the San Salvador El Salvador Temple, which features graceful arches and conches throughout, is inspired by the Spanish colonial architecture of the region.
A motif of the Flor de Izote—the national flower of El Salvador—is used throughout the San Salvador El Salvador Temple including in the art-glass windows and mahogany wood from Honduras and nearby countries. The limestone flooring is from Israel.
The San Salvador El Salvador Temple was dedicated on the 84th birthday of the president of the Church, President Thomas S. Monson.
1. Josue Peña, "Templo de San Salvador," Email to Rick Satterfield, 22 Sept. 2008.
2. Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, and Henry B. Eyring, The First Presidency, to General Authorities and the following leaders in the Central America Area: Area Seventies; selected Stake, Mission, and District Presidents; selected Bishops and Branch Presidents, "Construction of a Temple in San Salvador, El Salvador," 7 November 2007.