of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
When President Hinckley announced that smaller temples would be build in remote areas of the Church, he emphasized that these buildings would be fully functional temples capable of provideing all of the necessary ordinances and built with the same types of materials and to the same standards as the larger temples. The Oaxaca Temple recently demonstrated the truth of this commitment. On Sept. 30, 1997, as the structure was being completed, an earthquake hit the area. Over 100 buildings in the historic city of Oaxaca were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. The quake lasted several minutes and registered 7.6 on the richter scale. Though the temple shook and flexed (an eyewitness described the tip of the spire swinging back and forth in an arc about three feet across) it was not damaged and, after the quaking stopped, returned to its original shape.
The temple was announced on 23 February 1999.
Ground was broken and construction begun on 13 March 1999.
The cornerstone was laid and the temple dedicated on 11 March 2000.
There are 2 Sealing rooms and 2 Ordinance rooms in the 10,700 square foot temple.
The spire is about 78 feet tall.
The Oaxaca Temple serves stakes in Oaxaca Mexico.
Representative Pictures of the Interior:
The Waiting Area. Source: Media Kit.
The Baptistry. Source: Media Kit.
One of the two Sealing Rooms. Source: Media Kit.
One of the two Endowment Rooms. Source: Media Kit.