12 Beautiful New Pictures of the Nauvoo Temple
Feature photo can be found here: Nauvoo Temple – Glory to the Highest by Rory Wallwork
The Nauvoo Illinois Temple stands on a high bluff overlooking a bend in the Mississippi River. The majestic building is a faithful reproduction of the original Nauvoo Temple built by Latter-day Saint settlers in the 1840s. With the exception of the Salt Lake Temple, the historic Nauvoo Temple is probably the most well-known temple in the world.
After the original temple was finished, unfortunately the saints in the area were forced to abandon their beautiful temple as mobs drove them out of Illinois in 1846. By 1853, the temple had been so badly damaged by fire and then a tornado, that it was no longer standing. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints eventually re-acquired the land in 1962 and rebuilt the temple on the original footprint between 2000-2002. The exterior of the temple that stands there today is nearly a replica of the original structure as it stood in Joseph Smith’s time.
Featured on the grounds to the west of the temple is a handsome statue depicting Church founder Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith on horseback; both of which were martyred in Carthage Jail during construction of the original temple.
As any member of the Church knows, Nauvoo is rich in Church history and is the destination of thousands of tourists each year. The temple operates an accelerated summer schedule to accommodate demand. Summer is also the season of the popular Nauvoo Pageant: A Tribute to Joseph Smith.
We could tell you countless stories and interesting things about the Nauvoo Temple! Suffice it to say, there is plenty to tell. But we’ll save that for another time. In the meantime, here are a few facts that you probably didn’t know about the Nauvoo Temple:
- The Nauvoo Temple was the second temple built in Illinois, following the Chicago Temple.
- Unlike most Latter-day Saint temples, the Nauvoo Temple and its statue of the angel Moroni face west. The temple points toward the Mississippi River.
- It houses the largest temple baptismal font in the Church.
- It is one of only seven temples where patrons progress through four ordinance rooms before passing into the Celestial Room.
- During its six-week public open house, the Nauvoo Temple was overwhelmed by 331,849 visitors eager to tour the interior of the beautiful and historic structure.
- It was dedicated on the very day and hour of the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Nauvoo Temple – Glory To The Highest by Rory Wallwork
Nauvoo Temple – Great In The Eyes Of God by Daniel Hopkins
Nauvoo Temple – A Firm Foundation by Rory Wallwork
Nauvoo Temple – Sunset by Richard Webb
Nauvoo Temple – Aerial Sunset West by Josh Packer
Nauvoo Temple – Twilight Panoramic by Rory Wallwork
Nauvoo Temple – Summer Peace by Rory Wallwork
Nauvoo Temple – Painting by Jolynn Forman
Nauvoo Temple – Looking Back by Rory Wallwork
Nauvoo Temple – Heavenly Light by Rory Wallwork
Nauvoo Temple – Twilight Aerial by Rory Wallwork
Nauvoo Temple – Summer Light by Daniel Hopkins
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