We saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir program from 9:30 to 10:00 and as we were looking around the lobby afterwards, a gentleman asked if we were interested in a tour of the building. I am SO glad we said "sure". The building is beautiful and huge and an architectural marvel. It seats 21,000 and a 747 airplane would fit in the main assembly hall. Parking has four levels and 1,300 spaces. Including the parking areas, the structure covers 10 acres of city block. There is no mortar around the granite stones....they were placed one by one. There are no columns in the seating area so that everyone has a clear view. This is information I gathered before our trip, not supplied by the tour guide. Also, the roof has four acres of gardens, trees, flowers, waterfalls and an elaborate snow melting system with water collection.
The guide shared a LOT of information I had not read. When digging for the foundation preparation, they struck a natural spring so made it into a fountain and recycle the water. There are beautiful paintings throughout and the histories of some of them are explained.
We were with the guide around two hours and he didn't mention his faith or beliefs to us one time. He was very pleasant and delightful. He has been a guide for seven years and drives an hour to do this voluntarily.
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