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Temple Square in Salt Lake City, is Utah's most popular tourist destination. Part of its appeal lies in its accessibility: three city blocks in downtown Salt Lake City contain nearly 20 attractions related to Mormon pioneer history and genealogy, including the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, and the Family History Library. This means that visitors can see all or most of these attractions in a relatively short period of time.
Note that parking in the immediate downtown area of Salt Lake City is limited and can be expensive. visitors should consider taking public transportation as an alternative to parking near Temple Square; the Utah Transit Authority operates numerous bus routes and rail lines in the Temple Square area.
We have outlined a walking tour below, with an accompanying printable map of the sites, containing what we consider the must-see attractions on and around Temple Square.
Salt Lake Temple
This building is a worldwide icon of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the heart of Temple Square. The massive granite edifice was constructed in a neo-gothic style over the course of an astounding 40-year period between 1853 and 1893; the pioneers who settled the valley sacrificed both time and material goods to the building of the temple, which stands as a testament to their faith and devotion. Please be aware that only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are permitted to enter Temple Groundsthe temple, but all visitors are welcome to persue the grounds and admire the stunning workmanship of the building and the serene beauty of its immediate surroundings.
October 12th, 2012
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