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Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple

Foundation in place; font work underway; preparing to pour exterior walls; estimated to be completed in mid- to late 2019 (no official dates announced)

Rio de Janeiro Brazil Mormon Temple
Announcement:  6 April 2013
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:  4 March 2017 by Claudio R. M. Costa

Construction Status

As of September 2017, structural framing is rising for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple.


Groundbreaking Ceremony

The formal commencement of construction for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple was celebrated at a groundbreaking ceremony held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, president of the Brazil Area, presided at the services. The event was streamed live via Facebook.


Construction Approval

Plans for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple were submitted in late 2015, and various approvals have been obtained. In November 2016, an environmental license was issued, which was required before construction could begin. Service projects were held at the temple site to clear the land and prepare it for groundbreaking.


Temple Site

The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed on property next to a nature reserve on Avenida das Américas in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood. Barra is a beautiful development on the Atlantic Ocean that hosted most of the venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Temple Announcement

On April 6, 2013, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple during his opening remarks at the 183rd Annual General Conference. Brazil has a population of nearly 200 million people including over 1,173,000 members of the Church. Brazil operates six temples with an additional temple announced for Fortaleza, bringing the total to eight with the announcement for Rio de Janeiro. The São Paulo Brazil Temple, the first constructed in Brazil, was completed in 1978.1

Rio de Janeiro—the location of the 2016 Summer Olympics—is the second largest city in Brazil and home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Church members in Rio currently travel approximately 300 miles (500 kilometers) to participate in temple ordinances at the Campinas Brazil Temple. The temple in Campinas serves members from nearly 100 stakes and districts spread across the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Distrito Federal, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Tocantins.

A Facebook video captures the reaction of members in the Rio de Janeiro Andaraí Stake Center to the temple announcement.


Temple Facts

The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple will be the eighth temple built in Brazil.



1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "New Temples Announced for Cedar City, Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil," 6 Apr. 2013.

"Though I live with it, this matter of temple construction is a thing of awesome wonder to me. We are trying to build in such a way and in such places across the world that these houses of the Lord may stand and serve through the Millennium."
—Gordon B. Hinckley

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