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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Open House and Dedication

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The time is almost upon us for the open house and dedication of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple! It has been nearly 5 years since the groundbreaking on September 17, 2011. The open house will begin Wednesday, August 10th, and will continue through Friday, September 9th. The dedication, which is separate from the open house, will be held on Sunday, September 18th in three sessions at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. at local stake centers. These dedication sessions will be broadcast to all stakes and districts in Pennsylvania, as well as the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple district, which includes stakes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of New Jersey and Maryland. The three-hour block of church meetings will be cancelled that day to allow church members to participate in the dedication, and a special temple recommend must be obtained to attend. Please see your Bishop to arrange this. Reservations for the temple open house are strongly encouraged, as people will have to wait in potentially very long lines to attend without them. For reservations visit or call 855-537-2000. The open house tour is free to the public for all ages, and times are as follows: Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be no tours on Sundays. The address of the temple is 1739 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The tour includes a short video with a walking tour, and comfortable shoes plus modest attire are recommended. It is wheelchair accessible, however service animals are not permitted in the temple. It is requested to refrain from smoking on temple and chapel property. Parking will be limited, and public transportation is encouraged. For additional information, visit 

The beautiful historic design of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple incorporates elements that complement the classic architecture of the neighborhood buildings. The spires have similarities to the clock tower on Independence Hall, and the inner furnishings create an atmosphere of historic Philadelphia. Striking panes of stained glass run the length of the building, which is surrounded by a landscaped plaza with a reflecting pool and gardens open to the public. The lead architect is B. Jeffrey Stebar of the Fayetteville Georgia Stake.  Parking for the temple is to be provided by an underground facility.

Come and enjoy this magnificent house of the Lord! All are invited to the open house!

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