The centerpiece and spiritual capital of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Salt Lake Temple is a sacred pilgrimage destination for members of the faith. Brigham Young chose this spot for a temple as soon as he arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, but work on the building didn't begin for another six years. Built of blocks of granite hauled by oxen and train from Little Cottonwood Canyon, the Mormon Temple took 40 years to the day to complete. Its
walls are 16 feet thick at the base. Enjoy the grounds and the stately structure. Only observant Mormons may enter the temple itself.
Oct 13, 2008
You can't actually go inside the temple itself (there are pictures of its interior at the visitor center), but the complex itself is well worth touring -- despite the fact that you'll get some attempts at Mormon indoctrination during the tour. Ignore the conversion attempts and take in the sights -- Assembly Hall and the Tabernacle are particular highlights. And it's free.
Dec 16, 2005