On January 14, 2019, Rome opened the first Mormon temple in Italy, currently the largest Mormon area in Europe.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened in Rome the Religious and Cultural Center, which includes the Temple of Rome located in Via Settebagni and which will serve the more than 24,000 faithful of the Church in Italy.
Church temples differ from gathering houses where worshipers gather for Sunday worship. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where the teachings of Christ are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism, and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. In the temple, the faithful learn the philosophy of life of the Mormons, finding answers about the purpose of life and strengthen their commitment to serve Jesus Christ and the people around them.
This new Center includes the temple, a multi-functional meeting house that includes a cultural center and lecture halls, a Visitor Center, a Genealogical Library and a Foresteria.
Most of the Center will be open to the public, including the green areas that will beautify the landscape.
The Temple of Rome was announced on October 4, 2008 and is the first in Italy, the twelfth in Europe and is added to the 135 temples currently operating in the world. The church was designed by architect Hanno Luschin.
Mormons in Italy are engaged in providing help to migrant assistance centers in Sicily, offering first aid for refugees who have landed in the ports and in the former centers and the psychological support for children and women at risk in Pozallo.
Among the activities there is also a mobile clinic to support the Italian Red Cross, with 900 meals a day for needy and migrants. They carry out activities also for young people of the Sant’Egidio community, such as conferences and other cultural activities, and support some projects with Caritas.
The cultural center is 6 hectares, within which is also the center for family genealogies, which manages the collection of data that will be accessible to the public for research or the inclusion of names through an agreement with the Ministry of activities cultural activities, in particular with the general management of state archives for the acquisition of data dating back 110 years and more. Photographs and images will be digitized and data made accessible on the internet.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian Church with over 24,000 faithful in Italy, 450,000 in Europe and more than 14 million worldwide.
The Temple of Rome of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open its doors to the public from Monday 28 January to Saturday 16 February 2019.
Those wishing to visit the Temple of Rome can book their free guided tour on temple.lds.org
Free guided tours will be held every day, except Sundays.
The visits are open to guests of any age. Each visit, starting with a short introductory video, takes about 60 minutes. The Temple is accessible to people with reduced mobility. Free parking is available on site, subject to availability.
At the end of the period of openness to the public, the Temple will be dedicated for its religious services and will no longer be accessible to the public.