Barcelona Spain Temple
On April 3, 2022, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the Barcelona Spain Temple in his closing remarks at the general conference. This will be Spain’s second temple. The Madrid Spain Temple was dedicated in 1999.
There are more than 61,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in Spain in 137 congregations.
In 1874, Melitón González Trejo, an officer in the Spanish army, came to Utah to learn more about the “group of Saints” he had heard about from a fellow officer. He was soon baptized and became indispensable to the work of translating the Book of Mormon into Spanish, which opened doors to the preaching of the gospel in Latin America.
The first members of the Church of Jesus Christ in Spain were baptized during the 1950s and 1960s. At that time, non-Catholic religious ceremonies were illegal, so most converts traveled to France to be baptized. The Church in Spain grew as new members shared the gospel with their family and friends. After the law granting religious freedom was passed in 1967, an independent Spanish branch was organized in Madrid. The Church was legally recognized in October 1968.
The Barcelona Spain Temple will be built at the intersection of Avinguda de la Vía Augusta and Avinguda de la Clota, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 27,500 square feet. An ancillary building of approximately 13,600 square feet, with patron housing, an arrival center, and a distribution center will also be built on the 5.4-acre site.