Artists’ rendering of new Rio de Janeiro temple

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Yes, that is Sugarloaf, and yes that is a joke.

The exact location of the new Rio temple has not been announced yet. My speculation (as somebody who lived in Rio for four years) is that the only places with enough space are the Barra da Tijuca/Jacarepagua areas of the city. Until this announcement, by the way, Rio was by far the largest metropolitan area of South America without a temple. Church members have to travel about 300 miles to the Campinas temple.

More information on the Rio temple here.

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Geoff B has had three main careers. Some of them have overlapped. After attending Stanford University (class of 1985), he worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. In 1995, he took up his favorite and third career as father. Soon thereafter, Heavenly Father hit him over the head with a two-by-four (wielded by the Holy Ghost) and he woke up from a long sleep. Since then, he's been learning a lot about the Gospel. He still has a lot to learn. Geoff's held several Church callings: young men's president, high priest group leader, member of the bishopric, stake director of public affairs, media specialist for church public affairs, high councilman. He tries his best in his callings but usually falls short. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

11 thoughts on “Artists’ rendering of new Rio de Janeiro temple

  1. Niteroi has possibilities, which could give some nice views.

    Or they could build it on top of the most prominent high-rise in this photo, the Intelig/Coca-Cola building. That, of course, would be preferred to the crumbling Embratel building downtownish.

  2. Agreed about Niteroi, the only problem being getting over there from Barra. I doubt we will see a downtown-area temple in Rio simply because the membership is not downtown-oriented. So there goes the Embratel building and probably anything near the Intelig building. There is land on the way to Florianopolis — that is possible. Niteroi is also possible. But I still say the stretch along the Linha Amarela is the most likely. Maybe Recreio?

  3. Zona Sul is for sure. Forget on the way to Florinapolis. Only Zona Sur/Niteroi. Maybe Cosmo Velho, and very, very maybe Tijuca.

    There are many buildings in Copacabana that they could do a Manhattan temple conversion on. I actually think that might be quite appealing – too bad the Help Disco is now being converted to a museum. But there are many sites along Nossa Senhora de Copacabana that are possibilites for conversion. One may doubt, but, again, it happened in Manhattan.

    Of course you mentioned the advantges of Barra: space. One advantage you did not mention will be the media coverage this area will receive during the Olympics, a fact surely on more mind than one.

    I still like the idea of Niteroi.

    And I jested about Embratel, though there is an interesting site close to Praca Maua, which is a pier like thing. But the prefeitura would never agree to this. Of course the best site is the fomer Porcão, in Flamengo, which has space and views and the lot. Unfortunately, this site is also owned by the city, and they would not sell it to the Mormons.

  4. And i failed to mention, there is a Mormon church behind the Intelig building, nearly directly behind it, just to the side of the parking lot of the Intelig building.

  5. Gone. At least that one, though there is one in Barra and in Ipanema.

    The best is Marius in Leme, which I understand was owned by a Mormon, and still may be.

  6. Sr, I have been to that chapel near the Intelig building. My ward was Jardim Botanico, which I believe was in another stake. Fico com saudades do Rio!

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