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What the Rome & Paris Temples Look Like Now + Other Important Temple Updates

With four temples scheduled to be dedicated soon (Provo City Center, Sapporo Japan, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Fort Collins Colorado), many others currently under construction are now beginning to take shape.

There are currently 12 temples under construction (Hartford Connecticut, Paris France, Star Valley Wyoming, Rome Italy, Meridian Idaho, Cedar City Utah, Tucson Arizona, Concepción Chile, Lisbon Portugal, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo, Barranquilla Colombia, Fortaleza Brazil), one scheduled for a groundbreaking (Durban South Africa), and another seven announced (Urdaneta Philippines, Winnipeg Manitoba, Arequipa Peru, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Abidjan Ivory Coast, Port-au-Prince Haiti, Bangkok Thailand)—evidence that the Latter-day Saints are indeed a temple-building people.

Here are the latest updates and photos from some of these Houses of the Lord nearing completion.

Paris France Temple

Anticipated finish date: Late 2016, early 2017

Announcement: October 1, 2011

Groundbreaking: Only two temples have not had a traditional groundbreaking ceremony, the Paris France and Tokyo Japan temples.

A few facts: The Paris France Temple will be the first temple in France. It will not have towers, spires, or an angel Moroni crowning it, making it the fourth temple to be built that way. The others are the Laie Hawaii, Cardston Alberta, and Mesa Arizona temples.

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Photo from  ldschurchtemples.com taken November 2015, courtesy of Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

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Photo from ldschurchtemples.com taken January 18, 2016, by Salomon.

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Image a rendering of the completed Paris France Temple from ldschurchtemples.com.