Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah: Our Home, Part 1

Greetings from VIP Limousine!

As spring starts to come into view with the ski season slowing down and the white peaks turning brown and green, we wanted to take some time to talk about our hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. We might be biased, but it’s definitely a unique and beautiful place. Today we want to focus on the downtown area, specifically the most famous part of the city.

The picture above was taken at Temple Square, the center of Salt Lake City. It’s not as tall as One World Trade Center, the Sears Tower, or The Shard; it doesn’t tower over everything around it like the Eiffel Tower or the CN Tower; and it’s not as old as Petra or the Pyramids of Giza. And that is perfectly okay. It’s majestic in its own right, with manicured grounds and beautiful architecture.

At the center of it all is the Salt Lake Temple, the multi-spired majestic namesake structure which dominates the square itself. While access to the interior of the Salt Lake Temple is limited to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whom are worthy to attend, the grounds and tours of the temple are open to all whenever the gates are unlocked. There are a slew of information displays and two visitor centers providing even more information on the grounds of Temple Square itself.

Adjacent to the Salt Lake Temple is the Tabernacle, a building constructed for meetings and musical performances, primarily by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The 360-person ensemble performs here every week, and broadcasts music live around the world, with the backing of an orchestra and massive organ. The building was erected by an expert in bridge construction, allowing for the span without any central columns. What it also did was create a space with essentially perfect acoustics. Don’t miss the pin drop at the start of each performance!

There is one building constructed from leftovers on Temple Square, and that is Assembly Hall. It’s a multipurpose building with an organ and space for a small concert and religious meetings. While often overlooked, it is worth checking out if you take a visit there.

Temple Square is also near some more administrative and historical centers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it is also home to another historical building: The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, formerly known as Hotel Utah. It’s a multi-purpose facility like Assembly Hall, but it serves as more of a venue than a meetinghouse. The JSMB has meeting rooms, offices, beautiful open public space, and restaurant options including The Nauvoo Cafe, The Garden Restaurant, and The Roof Restaurant, a Best of State award-winning establishment with a stunning view across the city. That they are all within one block, let alone one building, is just one example of the accessibility of the many surprises and great elements of Salt Lake City.

We at VIP Limousine are familiar with Temple Square, not only because we live around here, but also because we take our clients there! The area is perfect for prom nights, music events, or a night out in one of the cleanest cities in the world. We love our hometown, and would love to help show it to you, whether you live here or are visiting from outside of the area. Give us a call to take you to Temple Square, and you will experience VIP treatment and the spirit of Salt Lake City.

We will continue to do profiling on our home, so stay tuned for more!

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