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The Copenhagen Denmark Temple is the 118th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Denmark.

Temple History

The Copenhagen Denmark Temple was the second temple built from an existing building, following the Vernal Utah Temple (1997). The temple is a total renovation of the neo-classical Priorvej chapel, which was built in 1931 and dedicated by Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The interior was completely gutted, leaving the exterior and a few carefully reproduced portions of the interior as reminders of the original chapel.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Copenhagen Denmark Temple was held on the same day as the groundbreaking ceremony for the San Jose Costa Rica Temple.

Construction on the Copenhagen Denmark Temple came to halt not long after renovation began when realizations were made regarding the building's physical dimensions and the high water table in the area. Plans had to be redrawn, significantly increasing the cost of the temple.

The redrawn plans for Copenhagen Denmark Temple included demolition of an existing mission office and garage known as the "villa." The baptismal font was relocated to a separate underground structure adjacent to the temple and marked with an above-ground glass dome. A similar dome was added to the temple over the Celestial Room.

A new meetinghouse, the Nitivej Chapel, was built near the Copenhagen Denmark Temple during the same time the temple was constructed. The chapel served as the starting point for tours during the temple open house.

A total of 25,512 visitors toured the Copenhagen Denmark Temple during its two-and-a-half week public open house, resulting in 1,084 missionary referrals.

During the open house, an 8-foot replica of Bertel Thorvaldsen's Christus statue was placed in the chapel entryway for visitors to see. The original statue stands in the Vor Frue Kirke (The Church of Our Lady), just a few minutes away in downtown Copenhagen.


Temple District

The Copenhagen Denmark Temple serves members from 3 stakes headquartered in Denmark and Southern Sweden:


Denmark

  1. Arhus Denmark Stake
  2. Copenhagen Denmark Stake

Southern Sweden

  1. Malmo Sweden Stake


Temple Presidents

Notable presidents of the this temple include:

  1. Hans Hjarup Andersen 2019–
  2. Rolf I. Olsson 2016–2019
  3. H. James Williams 2013–2016
  4. H. Hjort Nielsen 2010–2013
  5. Hans G. Ljungh 2007–2010
  6. Dee V. Jacobs 2004–2007

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Copenhagen Denmark Temple

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The Copenhagen Denmark Temple is the 118th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Metropolitan Denmark. It was the second temple built from an existing building, following the Vernal Utah Temple (1997). The temple is a total renovation of the neo-classical Priorvej chapel, which was built in 1931 and dedicated by Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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