The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the site location for the Barcelona Spain Temple.
The Barcelona site was released Monday, Jan. 9, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Detailed design plans for the temple are still being developed. Further information — including exterior rendering and groundbreaking date — will be announced later.
The 5.4-acre site is located northeast of the intersection of Avinguda de la Vía Augusta and Avinguda de la Clota in Sant Cugat de Vallès, a municipality north of Barcelona, Spain. Also planned for the site is patron housing, an arrival center and a distribution center.
The temple will be a single-story building of approximately 27,500 square feet, or about the size of the San Salvador El Salvador, Curitiba Brazil and Arequipa Peru temples.
The Church has four stakes and one district along Spain’s east and northeastern coast, from Valencia to Barcelona and including the Balearic Islands. The area is currently in the Madrid Spain Temple district; that temple is 613 kilometers (380 miles) southwest of Barcelona.
Spain is home to more than 61,000 Church members in more than 130 congregations. The first Latter-day Saint converts in Spain were baptized during the 1950s and 1960s. Melitón González Trejo, an officer in the Spanish army who visited Utah in 1874 and joined the Church, was instrumental in the translation of the Book of Mormon into Spanish.