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Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo

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The Nauvoo Temple was the second temple constructed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church's first temple was completed in Kirtland, Ohio, United States, in 1836. When the main body of the church was forced out of Nauvoo, Illinois, in the winter of 1846, the church attempted to sell the building, finally succeeding in 1848. The building was damaged by fire and a tornado before being demolished.

In 1937, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) reacquired the lot on which the original temple had stood. In 2000, the church began to build a temple on the original site with an exterior that is a replica of the first temple, but whose interior is laid out like a modern Latter-day Saint temple. On June 27, 2002, a date that coincided with the 158th anniversary of the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, the temple was dedicated by the LDS Church as the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.
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  • Gorgeous white temple overlooking the river, it’s easy to see why they chose this site to build their church. Would have loved to gain access, but I’m not converting to gain that opportunity. You can....  more
    Gorgeous white temple overlooking the river, it’s easy to see why they chose this site to build their church. Would have loved to gain access, but I’m not converting to gain that opportunity. You can....  more »
  • My wife and I remember the first time we visited the site of the Nauvoo Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois. We were touring the historic Mormon town, including the home of Brigham Young, and we stopped at... 
    My wife and I remember the first time we visited the site of the Nauvoo Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois. We were touring the historic Mormon town, including the home of Brigham Young, and we stopped at...  more »
  • It is not a regular church. It is a Mormon temple: so you can just walk in and visit like a regular church. Even if it is open. Tourists are not really welcomed inside but at the entry there is a... 
    It is not a regular church. It is a Mormon temple: so you can just walk in and visit like a regular church. Even if it is open. Tourists are not really welcomed inside but at the entry there is a...  more »
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  • So beautiful! Unfortunately, it was closed for cleaning, so we couldn't take our oldest 4 through for baptisms. I remembering coming here multiple times as a child and teenager when it was just the foundation of the old temple. So nice to share the experience of "seeing the temple for the first time" with my wife and children.
  • I had a wonderful experience here. It was a beautiful building inside and outside. I found a lot of peace ad tranquility being there. The workers were so kind and helpful. I am glad I went.
  • Beautiful place. Very quiet and peaceful. Amazing what they were able to do so long ago without the technology we have today.
  • Beautiful! It's neat that they built it just like the old one! What a sweet town! Had lots of fun.
  • Nauvoo, meaning "Beautiful" in Hebrew. It really is living up to its lovely name...town and temple both. Temple looks a lot like the one in St. George, UT.

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