Dedication of the House of Worship in Chile

Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

From October 13th-16th, the House of Worship in Chile will be inaugurated as a gift to humanity! This temple is the last of the continental Houses of Worship to be built and its dedication is a joyous and jubilant historic occasion. In honour of this event, we’ve gathered details on how you can watch the inauguration, the official social media accounts for the Templo Baha’i de Sudamerica (the Baha’i Temple of South America), and previous articles and videos showcased on Baha’i Blog about this unique edifice. 

How to Participate in this Triumphant Occasion

If you’d like to watch, live video coverage of the public opening ceremony will be provided on the Baha’i World News Service website on October 13th, 14:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), for approximately 90 minutes. A recording will be made available soon after, in case you are unable to watch it live.

All the main events of the dedication will be streamed on the official website of the Chile Temple:http://templo.bahai.cl/. Audio will be provided in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Here is a schedule of the events that will be broadcast live:

Thursday October 13th
Public opening ceremony 14:00-15:30 GMT

Friday October 14th
Conference opening & first session 13:00-16:15 GMT

Conference – second session 19:00-21:15 GMT

Saturday October 15
Conference – third session 12:00-14:15 GMT

Sunday 16 October
Conference – Closure  22:00-23:30 GMT

Social Media Accounts to Follow

Curious to see inside before the ceremonies begin? The official Vimeo account for the Temple recently released this video, and you can also watch all the newsreels (in both Spanish and English) that document the Temple’s construction and development. There are also official accounts for the Chile Temple on Instagram and FaceBook.

More about Houses of Worship on Baha’i Blog

If you’d like to read more about the general design of Baha’i Houses of Worship, Michael wrote What Kind of Temple is This?. I’ve also written about the soon-to-be-built first seven local Houses of Worship and what they mean for those of living in faraway communities in Baha’i Houses of Worship: A Personal Reflection on the Work Ahead.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) released a short film about this continental House of Worship, and Hariri Pontarini Architects also produced a short film about Siamak Hariri’s design for the Chile temple.

Temple of Light Vol. 1 and Strive are two albums showcased on Baha’i Blog that were created to raise funds for the Temple’s construction.

If you’d like to test your knowledge on Baha’i Houses of Worship, take our quiz!

About the Author

Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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Discussion 7 Comments

  1. Just want to ask what is the time difference in Santiago, Chile and here in the Philippines. I tried to watch at 2:00 in the afternoon here (bahai world news service). There is no live broadcast. The internet connection was weak this afternoon. Or am I wrong with the time? Pls clarify. Thanks.

    1. Hi Criselda,

      I believe the time in Manilla is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 11 hours ahead of Chile. At this point, the public opening ceremony has already occurred however it is my understanding that it was recorded and will be posted on Baha’i World News Service in the near future. Tomorrow’s conference opening will be at 1pm GMT which will be 9pm in Manilla and it can be watched on http://templo.bahai.cl/. I hope this helps!

  2. Hi, I’m in Southern California and was sent an e-mail giving a link to Baha’i world news in order to watch the Inauguration of the Temple in Chile tonight at 7pm. HOWEVER, they were no specific that it was 7pm PST

    Anyway…I have tried again to connect and an error message came back saying my browser is connected, the Los Angeles link is connected but the HOST server is down. Try again in a few minutes. I have been trying to no avail. Any recommendation?
    Rebecca Salgado

    1. Hello Rebecca,

      I’m sorry to hear about the difficulties you experienced and I apologize I couldn’t respond in a more timely manner.

      The public inauguration ceremony was recorded and will be posted in the near future on the Baha’i World News Service: http://news.bahai.org/

      The conference closure will be broadcast live on Sunday on the official website for the Baha’i Temple of South America: http://templo.bahai.cl/. It will be broadcast at 22:00-23:30 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) which I believe is 8 hours ahead of you so you should be able to watch it at 2pm local time. I hope this helps!

      -Sonjel

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