The Templo de Salomão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtẽplu dʒi saloˈmɐ̃w̃]) is a replica of the Temple of Solomon under construction by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in São Paulo.
According to Brazilian press reports, the new Templo will be an “exact replica” (“uma réplica exata”) of the ancient Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. According to the church’s leader, “The outside will be exactly the same as that which was built in Jerusalem.”
Bishop Edir Macedo the founder and leader of the Pentecostal church explained that, “We are preparing ourselves to build the temple, in the same mold as Solomon’s… Solomon’s Temple … used tonnes of gold, pure gold …We are not going to build a temple of gold, but we will spend tonnes of money, without a shadow of doubt.” Bishop Macedo has said that the Templo will be twice the height of Rio de Janeiro’s Catholic-sponsored Christ the Redeemer statue. Inside the Templo there will be a replica of the Ark of the Covenant constructed according to “biblical orientations”.
The mega-church will seat 10,000 worshipers and stand 55 meters (180′) tall, the height of an 18-story building. Its dimensions will therefore far exceed the temple it is a “replica” of, described in the Bible as having the relatively modest height of some thirteen meters (“thirty cubits”, 1 Kings 6:2).
It will serve as both a house of worship and as world headquarters for the Church and is projected to cost $200m (£130m). The church has contracted to import $8m worth of Jerusalem stone from Israel. told the Guardian that “We have signed the contract and commissioned the stones that will come from Jerusalem, just like the ones that were used to build the temple in Israel; stones that were witnesses to the powers of God, 2,000 ago.” There will be a parking lot able to accommodate 1,000 vehicles and 50 buses, classrooms for 1,300 children, and radio and television studios inside the building. The city of São Paulo has given permission for construction to proceed on a project that will require new traffic signals and other improvements to the surrounding streets to improve traffic flow. The building is designed by architect Rogério Silva de Araújo.
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God was founded in Brazil in 1977. It claims to have 8 million communicants who live in 180 different countries. It has a television channel and a weekly newspaper, Folha Universal, distributed free to 2.5m households, according to Church officials who also say that Bishop Macedo’s blog gets as many as 4m hits per month.
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