Architectural Digest gave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints two thumbs up for two of its temple designs in a recently published article, “The Most Beautiful Places of Worship in Each State.”

The Salt Lake Temple, which is an international symbol of the LDS Church, was unsurprisingly chosen as Utah’s most beautiful worship place.

According to LDS Church information, it took 40 years to build the Salt Lake Temple, from 1853 to 1893, with walls nine feet thick at the base and six feet thick at the top. Its granite edifice is in a neo-Gothic style, and the gardens surrounding the building and Temple Square have won numerous awards and recognition.

Architectural Digest also selected the Hartford Connecticut Temple as Connecticut’s most beautiful place of worship.

In describing the Hartford Temple, the magazine said, “With formal gardens in front, the Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple boasts an elegant entry. Once inside, this new temple (open since 2016) features gold Art Deco-like railings around the bapistry area and soaring ceilings with crown molding in the Celestial Room.”

The Hartford Temple reflects American Georgian architectural styling and is 25,000 square feet and sits on approximately 11 acres.

The two temples join other well-known places of worship that stand as national religious icons, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and the quaint but impressive First Indian Presbyterian Church in Kamiah, Idaho.

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at gpugmire@heraldextra.com, (801) 344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

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