Las Vegas Sun

May 25, 2019

Currently: 78° — Complete forecast

Iconic Salt Lake Temple closing for major 4-year renovation

Mormon Temple Salt Lake City

Rick Bowmer / AP

This Thursday, April 18, 2019, photo shows the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years to complete a major renovation. Officials say they are keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire this week at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Church President Russell M. Nelson said Friday the Salt Lake Temple will close Dec. 29 to update the building, help it withstand earthquakes and create a more welcoming visitor environment.

The stately granite temple is open only to church members for marriages and other ceremonies, but the building and surrounding square are among the state's top tourist destinations.

When the temple re-opens in 2024, a brief open house will give outsiders their first glimpse of the interior in more than a century.