Swirly Rocket Ship Temple.

Swirly Rocket Ship Temple

Field review by the editors.

Independence, Missouri

Built at a cost of $35 million in the early 1990s. The ceiling of the sanctuary of this super-sized ice cream swirl is so high that you are asked to sit before you look up.

Even though the Temple LOOKS kinda like a Mormon temple, it is in fact the #1 temple of the Community of Christ Church, which split from the Mormons some years ago (The CCC still holds to some Mormon beliefs). And, across the street from the Temple, is what's known locally as the Mormon Visitors Center -- but don't assume that it's part of the same attraction or religion. It's not. The Visitors Center is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), which hopes to build its OWN temple here one day. If you're not a Mormon, this is probably confusing.

Swirly Rocket Ship Temple

Community of Christ Church

Address:
1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO
Directions:
Community of Christ Church. On the northeast corner of W. Walnut St. and S. River Blvd. Easy to spot from anywhere in the neighborhood.
Hours:
Tours daily 9 am - 5 pm, or just wander underneath the rocket ship. Well-lit at (Call to verify)
Phone:
816-833-1000
RA Rates:
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