Santiago Chile Temple
24th operating temple
Physical AddressPocuro 1940 Providencia
664-1404 Santiago, Región Metropolitana
Mailing AddressPouch, Chile
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150Telephone (56) 2-340-5070
Facsimile (56) 2-340-5075
Distribution Services (56) 2-340-5111
Announcement: 2 April 1980
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 30 May 1981 by Spencer W. Kimball
Public Open House: 24 August–8 September 1983
Dedication: 15–17 September 1983 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Public Open House: 21 January–11 February 2006
Rededication: 12 March 2006 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site: 2.61 acres.
Exterior Finish: Stucco on brick and reinforced concrete.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (stationary) and three sealing.
Total Floor Area: 20,831 square feet.
Situated in Santiago's Providencia district, the site of the Santiago Chile Temple is known locally as "Temple Square." Sharing the block are a meetinghouse, area offices, distribution center, mission headquarters, and a missionary training center, which doubles as patron housing. Beautiful mature trees line the front of the temple while enchanting gardens fill the grounds behind the temple—accented by a focal point water fountain.
The Santiago Chile Temple was the first temple built in a Spanish-speaking country.
The site for the Santiago Chile Temple was purchased by the Church many years before the temple was constructed with the intention of building a Church school.
The open house of the Santiago Chile Temple drew extensive media coverage and visits from numerous government officials and business leaders—several of whom requested Church literature or missionary visits.
Members and nonmembers alike traveled long distances in buses to attend the open house of the Santiago Chile Temple. On Saturday, September 3, approximately 55 busloads of visitors toured the newly completed edifice.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, second counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the Santiago Chile Temple on September 15, 1983, under the direction of President Spencer W. Kimball.
At the time of its dedication, the Santiago Chile Temple served 140,000 Chilean members, which had joined the Church over the previous 27 years since the Church's establishment in Chile in 1956.
Over three times the expected number of visitors attended the first day of the open house preceding the rededication of the Santiago Chile Temple. A total 62,065 people toured the exquisitely refurbished building.
In his first major public appearance since receiving surgery for colon cancer, President Gordon B. Hinckley returned to Chile in 2006 to rededicate the Santiago Chile Temple.
At the time of its rededication, the Santiago Chile Temple served more than 535,000 Chilean members.
President Gordon B. Hinckley, who has been recovering from colon cancer surgery, made his first major public appearance since the operation at the two-session rededication of the Santiago Chile Temple. Elder Carl Pratt of the Santiago Chile Area Presidency noted, "A few of the original walls remain, and the Angel Moroni, and that's about it. But oh, it's just gorgeous, unbelievably beautiful and in comparison to what we had before, which was lovely, it is way and above."1
A cultural celebration was held the evening before the rededication, featuring the talents of 4,000 Latter-day Saint youth. Unique features of the temple include hand-carved wainscoting in the waiting area, motifs of the copíhue—Chile's national flower—on door handles and art-glass windows, and a floor motif of inlaid Chilean marble and lapislázuli (native stone) in the baptistry and entryway.2
1. Carole Mikita, "President Hinckley to Travel Temple Open House in Chile," ksl.com 8 Mar. 2006, 9 Mar. 2006 <http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=173406>.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Santiago Chile Temple Opens Doors to Public," 24 Jan. 2006.