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Rome Italy Temple: See Photos of the Construction from Start to Finish

“The sacred ordinances performed in this holy temple will unite families for eternity," President Russell M. Nelson said of the Rome Italy Temple. "God loves all His children equally and has provided a way for them to be linked in love, generation to generation. We are thrilled to be able to dedicate a temple in this city replete with historical importance throughout the ages.”

Rome has been the heart and historical center of Christianity for centuries, and now the "Eternal City" will see the dawning of a new significant event—the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple. Set to take place this March, the dedication of the Rome temple is a story over a decade in the making. Here is a quick visual history of all that went into building this sacred house of the Lord.

October 4, 2008—President Thomas S. Monson announces a temple will be built in Rome, Italy.

President Monson announcing the Rome Italy Temple

Image a screenshot from YouTube.

During his opening remarks in October 2008 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced the location of five new temples: Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Córdoba, Argentina; the greater Kansas City area; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Rome, Italy.

October 23, 2010—President Monson performs the groundbreaking and site dedication for the Rome temple.

President Monson breaking ground for the Rome Italy Temple

President Monson helping children at the Rome Italy Temple groundbreaking ceremony.

Images from Newsroom.

"I cannot adequately convey to you the joy I feel on this historic occasion," President Monson said during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Rome Italy Temple. "Let this day be a day of rededication in our lives as it is a day of dedication for this ground."

"We just shouted for joy," a Church member said of the impending construction of the temple. "It was a dream realized."

2010—The Church releases the first artistic rendering of the Rome Italy Temple.

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Images from Newsroom.

Image titleIn 2010, the Church released the first artistic renderings of the Rome Italy Temple, showing the temple, meetinghouse, visitors’ center, family history center, and patron housing, which now created a beautiful piazza filled with powerfully symbolic gardens, olive trees, and a fountain that runs from the temple to the Christus statue in the visitors' center.

March 25, 2017—The angel Moroni statue is placed atop the Rome Italy Temple.

The angel Moroni before it topped the Rome Italy Temple

Children in Italy pose with the angel Moroni statue

The angel Moroni topping the Rome Italy Temple

Images from Newsroom.

In March 2017, an angel Moroni soared over 150 feet in the air to the top of the Rome Italy Temple, a significant milestone in the temple's completion. Elder Larry Wilson said of this historic event, “The eternal city is known for its history, its beauty and as a place of worship and faith. We are so pleased to add our sacred temple to this Christian tradition.”

March 2017—Replicas of Bertel Thorvaldsen's Christus and the Twelve Apostles are placed in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center.

The statues in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center

Image of the completed visitors' center by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.The Christus and Twelve Apostles in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center
Image by Nathan Smith, retrieved from churchofjesuschristtemples.org.

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In March 2017, the temple reached another benchmark as a marble statue of the resurrected Christ and His 12 apostles were placed in the visitors' center, replicas crafted from marble taken from the original Michelangelo cave in Carrara, Italy. “One of the things that was important to us was to do something that would make this part of the country but more importantly for recognizing the Savior, Jesus Christ,” said Mark Lusvardi, director of public programs for the Church’s Missionary Department.

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2017 to 2018—Construction progresses on the Rome Italy Temple and its grounds.

From spring 2017 to spring 2018, the Rome Italy Temple and its grounds began truly taking shape amidst heavy snowstorms and visits from apostles.

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf outside the Rome Italy Temple

March 2017, photo by Simon D. Jones from the Deseret News.

The angel Moroni topping the Rome Italy Temple

March 2017, photo by Scott Taylor from the Deseret News.

Construction on the Rome Italy Temple

October 8, 2017, photo by Jaime Verrillo Curren retrieved from LDS Church Temples.

Construction on the Rome Italy Temple

Mid-January 2018, photo retrieved from LDS Church Temples.

The first aerial photos of the Rome Italy Temple

The first aerial photos on the Rome Italy Temple

The first aerial photos of the Rome Italy Temple

February 12, 2018, photos by of Joe Mount retrieved via LDS Church Temples

The Rome Italy Temple in a snowstorm

Late February 2018, photo retrieved from LDS Church Temples.

The Rome Italy Temple in a snowstorm

February 26, 2018, photo by Daniele Salerno retrieved from LDS Church Temples.

Construction on the Rome Italy Temple and its grounds

March 2018, images from Newsroom.

Construction on the Rome Italy Temple and its grounds

Construction on the Rome Italy Temple and its grounds

Construction on the Rome Italy Temple and its grounds

March 2018, images from Newsroom.
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