Thursday, February 18, 2010

Skywatch Friday = Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland

As you are driving the beltway that circles Washinton D.C. you come to a point in the road when you see this gigantic white six spired building ahead of you up on a very tall clift. It looks a lot like King Ludvig's castle in Germany. The first time our family encounted this sight I think the girls thought it was a castle.

We had to explain that is was the first Mormon temple built on the east coast and that it opened in December of 1968. This particular temple is larger than the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City. One year when the girls were preteens we visited the temple during the Christmas season to see it up close. That particular year the mormons had a live nativity scene on the 52 acre grounds of this temple.
Here's a shot I got from the beltway. The spire to the right has a golden angel at the top. For mormons this is the Angel Maroni statue holding the gold plates. These two pics were taken on Sunday, January 24'th before we had our first blizzard in the metro area. If you want a better view click on each pic to bring it upclose to you.
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6 comments:

Angie said...

Great shots of an amazing building.

LV said...

That is a a very pretty Mormon Temple. Taking it through car with the mirror in front, really gives it a different perspective. I thought it looked like a storm brewing.

Michael and Amber said...

Great pictures Joann! Love the temple. There are some spectacular ones all over the world.

Japa said...

An imposing structure in the area. By looking at the spires, could only imagine that ca closer view could enthrall us. Good shots here.

Denise said...

Hey, I recognize that sight! Driven by it many times over the year. It is a very impressive structure. Thanks for the info on it and have a great weekend :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joann: Really neat shot through the trees.