The LDS Temple Stained Glass and Stairways
Members of the LDS Church believe that temples are literally the House of The Lord. Therefore, they are built with the highest quality design that is meant to both teach and inspire temple attendees. Many of the temples include beautiful stained glass scenes depicting the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and other gospel scenes. The temple uses functional symbolism to teach eternal principles, and one of these functional symbols are the temple staircases. All are beautifully crafted, but some rise above the others in their design and workmanship. Here are a few of my favorite examples of exemplary stained glass scenes and stair cases in some of the temples.
Stained Glass in the Snowflake, Arizona Temple
This stained glass depicts Jesus having the children come unto him, as is recorded in Matthew 19 in the Bible.
Stained Glass in the Manhattan, New York Temple
This stained glass is a depiction of the resurrected Jesus Christ with two of His Apostles on Road to Emmaus, as is recorded in Luke 24 in the Bible.
Foyer in the Sao Paulo, Brazil Temple
This stained glass is a depiction of the resurrected Jesus Christ visiting and teaching the Nephites, as is recorded in 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon.
Staircase in the Oquirrh Mountain, Utah Temple
I love the facing staircase design with the chandelier in the center.
A Spiral Staircase in the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple
The Nauvoo Temple has four spiral staircases like the one shown above, located in each corner of the temple. It was inspired by the spiral staircases in the Temple of Solomon. When the temple was rebuilt the builders tried to replicate the spiral staircase design in the original temple as much as was possible.
A Spiral Staircase in the San Diego, California Temple
The spiral staircase in the San Diego Temple is as spectacular in person as it is in the picture. The staircase is located in, and takes up most of, the West spire of the temple. It is a free-standing, continuous staircase that is anchored to the four floors of the temple. Here's some triva for you, there are 90 steps between the second and fourth floors.
A Spiral Staircase in the Manti, Utah Temple
The two spiral staircases in the Manti Temple are a marvel of design and craftsman ingenuity. It is one of less than a dozen free-standing spiral staircases in the United States. Built in the 1870-80's, by skilled pioneer craftsman, primarily from Scandinavia, the staircases has 151 steps that rise 76 vertical feet with no center support. The spiral staircase on the North circles clockwise and the one on the South circles counterclockwise.