On November 7, 2018, the First Presidency sent a letter announcing that the dedication dates for the Rome Italy Temple have been changed. The dedication dates will now be Sunday, March 10, 2019 through Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Previously the dedication dates lasted a full week, from Sunday, March 10, 2019, through Sunday, March 17, 2019.
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This new adjustment will not impact the free public open house for the temple, which will run from Monday, January 28, 2019, to Saturday, February 16, 2019, excluding Sundays.
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When the Rome Italy Temple was announced in October 2008, the news was met with awe and thanksgiving by members of the Church in Italy and thousands of others throughout the world. Like all Christians, Latter-day Saints revere Rome as one of the most historic locations in the world, a biblical city where the ancient apostles Peter and Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Construction began on the three-story, 40,000-square-foot building on October 23, 2010, when Church President Thomas S. Monson, along with Church and local community leaders, participated in the traditional groundbreaking ceremony.
The Rome Italy Temple is part of a 15-acre religious and cultural center that will include a multifunctional meetinghouse, a visitors’ center, a family history center and housing for visitors. The temple exterior is constructed from granite with decorative glazing. The interior finish is of the finest material and workmanship: marble, woodwork and decorative painting.
The temple will serve over 23,000 Church members living in Italy and in neighboring countries. Currently there are 159 operating temples worldwide, including 12 in Europe.