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On 20 June 2008 a groundbreaking ceremony was held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the construction of the Manaus Brazil Temple. The intent to build another temple in Brazil was first announced on 23 May 2007.
The temple is located at Estrada da Ponta Negra, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Manaus is the capital of Amazonas province. The site is just 11 miles north of the confluence of the Negro River and the Amazon River. This temple is unique in that it will be port-accessible from a landing on the Negro River for temple attendees arriving by boat.
This will be Brazil's sixth temple. Four are in more-populated southern Brazil, and one is in Recife on the east coast. For the thousands of saints of northern Brazil who for years have traveled days to reach the Caracas Venezuela Temple, Recife Brazil Temple, or São Paulo Brazil Temple, a temple in Manaus is a blessing indeed ("Temple to be erected in Manaus, Brazil," Church News 2 Jun. 2007:7).