The Lisbon Portugal Temple open house is starting soon — see the first interior photos here

A public open house for the Lisbon Portugal Temple is being held this month.

The open house begins Saturday, Aug. 17, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 31, with the exception of Sundays. The free, public open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Newsroom reported.

The temple’s architecture was inspired by the late Art Deco and Modern styles and includes azulejo tile star patterns, which are native to Portugal. Colors in the temple consist of gold, blue, ochre and lavender. The exterior of the temple is made of Portuguese Moleanos limestone. 

Stone tile, in varying shades of brown and cream, are from Spain, Italy and Turkey. Both interior and exterior glass in the temple has been carved in traditional Portuguese patterns and is highlighted with gold leaf. Additionally, chandeliers in the sealing and celestial rooms are made of Swarovski crystal. 

At 49 feet tall, the temple has a 134-foot gold-leafed spire with a statue of the angel Moroni on top.

The Lisbon Portugal Temple is the country’s first temple and was announced by President Thomas S. Monson during the October 2010 general conference. At present, there are nearly 45,000 Church members in the country, with six stakes, four districts and one mission. 

The Madrid Spain Temple — which is over 300 miles (500 kilometers) away from Lisbon — has been serving Latter-day Saints in the area since 1999.

With the Church officially recognized in Portugal since Oct. 27, 1974, the country was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel by President Monson on April 25, 1975. A groundbreaking for the temple was held on Dec. 5, 2014, and the temple will be officially dedicated on Sept. 15.

Reservations for the Lisbon Portugal Temple open house are available here.

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