Monday, May 14, 2012

Salt Lake City, Utah, meets pretty spring

I'm back from some much-needed family and friend time. :-)
We visited Utah's Big Town, SALT LAKE CITY, and returned with a picture fest!
Here, take a look.                                

The Capitol
 The flowers on Temple Square were exquisite.


This Tabernacle's dome roof and special structure make it world-renowned for its excellent acoustics.
We witnessed a demonstration of how, standing in the very back, you can hear a pin drop and a sheet of paper torn at the front podium!

                                                                                                            Photo by Irmeli

                                                                                                            Photo by Irmeli

                                                                           Photo by Irmeli

The Assembly Hall, completed in 1880, is made of granite stone left over from the construction of the Salt Lake LDS Temple. It's used as a place of public worship and for cultural functions. The auditorium holds nearly 2000 people and there are 100 choir seats. The center tower reaches 130 ft (39.6m) high and the truncated spires were originally chimneys. The Gothic Revival structure is 68 ft (20.7m) wide and 120 ft (36.5m) long.

                                                                                                            Photo by Irmeli

Here's a  part of the 1.4 million sq.ft LDS Conference Center (130.000 square meters). It's another architectural wonder with suspended seats in the balcony that's held up by radial trusses. There are 21,000 seats in the main auditorium plus 360 seats for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
A 7,667-pipe organ occupies the front. 

There are 1,400 parking spaces underneath the building.

                                                                                                       Photo by Irmeli

The roof of the Conference Center spreads for 3 acres (12,000 square meters) and is beautified with 21 native grasses, hundreds of trees, and wildflowers -depicting the mountains and meadows of Utah.

                                                                                                            Photo by Irmeli

                                      Sunroof spires above the auditorium                             Photo by Irmeli


A natural spring lends its water to the roof.

Can you tell which way the water is flowing? We didn't believe the guide until we sent a piece of paper floating...

                                                                                                              (P.S. It's from right to left!)

                                                                                       Photo by Irmeli

                                  Overviews of the city from the Conference Center roof        Photo by Irmeli

                                                From the Visitors' Center                                                       Photo by Irmeli

                                                                                                            Photo by Irmeli

                                                                                                            Photo by Irmeli

We discovered some namesake flowers in the middle of the bustling city.

CITY CREEK CENTER  had its opening in spring 2012.

It's a place for shopping and great eateries in a pleasant atmosphere. Could we ask for more? :)

Do you live in, or have you visited, a big city with flowers in bloom in the midst of it all?

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