First Presidency releases site for Budapest Hungary Temple

Hungary’s first house of the Lord is 1 of 21 total temples in Europe and among the 8 that are in planning and design

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the location of the Budapest Hungary Temple, the temple in that central European country.

Projected as a single-story building of approximately 18,000 square feet, the temple will be built on a 5.92-acre site at the northwest intersection of Kocsis Sandor ut and Borsikafu utca, Harsánylejtő, Budapest, Hungary.

The new location was first published Monday, Oct. 9, on

President Russell M. Nelson announced a temple for Budapest in April 2019 general conference.

More than 5,200 Latter-day Saints reside in Hungary, comprising over 20 congregations. Currently, Latter-day Saints in Hungary travel to the Freiberg Germany Temple — some 500 miles (800 km) and a drive of more than seven hours from Budapest.

The Church’s first missionaries arrived in Hungary in 1885 but stayed for only a month. The first known Hungarian baptized was Mischa Markow from Hungary’s Banat region (now divided between Serbia and Romania); he joined the Church in 1887 while residing in Turkey. The first congregations were organized in 1901 and 1905, but proselyting in Hungary ended for several decades after World War I.

In 1987, President Nelson — then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — dedicated Hungary for missionary work with a prayer and brief ceremony on Budapest’s Gellert Hill. The Church of Jesus Christ received official recognition from the Hungarian government in 1988, with the first meetinghouse in the nation dedicated a year later.

The announcement comes just weeks following the visit of Hungary President Katalin Novák with members of the First Presidency and other leaders at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City.

Hungarian President Katalin Novák receives a copy of the Book of Mormon during a meeting with the First Presidency.
Hungarian President Katalin Novák receives a copy of the Book of Mormon during a meeting with members of the First Presidency at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 26, 2023. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On Sept. 26, Novák and her staff spoke with President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, the first and second counselors in the First Presidency respectively, along with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Massimo De Feo, a General Authority President who is president of the Church’s Europe Central Area.

The Church has 13 dedicated temples in Europe — all operating, except the Stockholm Sweden Temple, which is under renovation through 2026. The Budapest temple is one of eight houses of the Lord in Europe in planning and design.

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