Salt Lake Temple
Exterior Symbols

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Temple As A Symbol

Ascension Symbolism

Squared Circle

Towers and Spires


Acanthus Buds

Angel Moroni Statue


Recessed Windows

Door Portal Niches

Main Doors

Door Plates and Knobs


Clasping Hands

Alpha & Omega

All-Seeing Eye

Dedication Plaque

Cloud Stones

Astronomy Symbols

Big Dipper

Star Stones

Earth Stones

Moon Stones

Sun Stones


"And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth."

Luke 11:2

The Salt Lake Temple Squared Circle Motif


Salt Lake Temple Squared Circle Symbol

The circle within a square motif is the most widely-used symbol found on the Salt Lake Temple. This combination of conjoined geometric shapes is primarily located along the tops of the towers, and is also incorporated into other symbols across the temple walls and on the doors.

Salt Lake Temple Squared Circle Symbol on Door The square symbol represents God's creation and the four corners of the Earth.
The circle symbol represents perfection, eternity and the dome of Heaven, or Celestial Sphere.
So when the two symbols are combined, the squared circle represents a place where Heaven and Earth meet. This simple figure is the quintessential emblem for the temple.

Salt Lake Temple Squared Circle Symbol on Earth Stone The squared circle also symbolizes that mankind is made from the dust of the Earth, but has divine potential.

Squared Circle Pattern on Salt Lake Temple East tower The most prevalent use of the squared circle symbol is the pattern that spans the tops of the East and West towers. These symbols being placed on the towers, which represent the priesthood, symbolizes that the authority of the priesthood exercised within the temple is binding on Earth and in Heaven.

The symbols on the towers are sometimes mistaken for Saturn stones. A preliminary plan for the temple included drawings of stones at the top of each pilaster carved to resemble the planet, Saturn, and was to be a symbol for Kolob. However, these carvings never became part of the finished temple.

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