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Mormons raise imposing temple in Santo Domingo

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormons raise imposing temple in Santo Domingo
El Nacional 11Oct99 N1
by Jose Miguel Montero
The First in the Caribbean

The Santo Domingo temple in the Dominican Republic is nearing completion. Situated in the Los Robles section of Santo Domingo, the nearly 70,000 square-foot building is on schedule. The Dedication is expected in March of next year.

The temple is encased in Brazilian granite that was worked in Italy. Its spire rises 160 feet and is already topped by a statue of the Angel Moroni. While the Church didn't give exact figures, local sources estimate that the construction of the temple will cost more than $15 million.

In addition to the temple itself, the 6 acre temple campus will also include a 50,000 square-foot dormitory to house temple patrons.

The article attributes the location of the temple in the Dominican Republic to the relative concentration of LDS Church members in the Dominican Republic and its central geographic position in the Caribbean. This article also gives background information on the LDS Church and information about Mormons in the Caribbean.

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