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Kensington, Maryland: Mormon Temple - Fairy Tale Rockets

Opened in 1974, the tallest temple in the US, with a 288 ft. high spire among its six spires. Looks like a fairy tale castle or a rocket spaceport, used for LDS worship and events. Visitor center open to public.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

9900 Stoneybrook Dr, Kensington, MD
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Visible northwest of the Capital Beltway - I-495. Stoneybrook Dr and Hill St.
LDS members-only allowed in church, but there's a visitor center. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Mormon Temple - Fairy Tale Rockets

If you are in the area at Christmas time the Temple is famous for its beautiful lights around the grounds, its collection of nativity scenes, and the nightly concerts. The concerts are free. but you need to make reservations online. There is no admission to the Temple itself.

[June Kryk, 03/18/2019]

Model of temple interior.

Mormon Temple - Fairy Tale Rockets

There is now an exact 3D replica in the visitor center, which is open till 9 pm. The two young missionary women couldn't have been more helpful and informative about what all the levels and rooms were used for. We did watch a short video that was very well done.

[Dj, 04/06/2015]

Rocket temple.

Mormon Temple - Fairy Tale Rockets

We didn't actually go but the view from the highway was shocking.

[Angel, 08/27/2013]


Disney Castle aka LDS Temple

You can see the gold cherub blowing the horn atop the steeple from the highway. The church looks like Disney's Magic Kingdom castle, and is quite the spectacle to see. In winter, they have a Christmas Light Show that is resplendent.

[Jamie, 02/28/2013]

That's the angel Moroni with his trumpet, atop the tallest of the six spires. The DC Temple Visitors Center is open to the public. April 2015: Photo added.

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