50 N Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, 84150
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Temple Square is a 10-acre (4.0 ha) complex, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Within Temple Square are the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument, and two visitors' centers.
In 1847, when Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, LDS Church president Brigham Young selected a plot of the desert ground that was designated for the building of a temple. The land became known as Temple Square.
The square became the headquarters of the LDS Church. Other buildings were built on the plot, and it is surrounded by a 15-foot wall. As the church has grown, its headquarters have expanded into the surrounding area.
Attracting 3 million to 5 million visitors a year, Temple Square is the most popular tourist attraction in Utah, bringing in more visitors than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park.
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Temple Square is often the location of concerts and other events. During the Christmas holiday season, approximately 100,000 Christmas lights sparkle from trees and shrubs around Temple Square each evening until 9 pm. The lighting of Temple Square is a popular event, usually attended by more than 10,000 people.
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