The Boston Massachussets Temple was the 100th temple dedicated, which was an aspiration of President Gordon B. Hinckley. The spire, built to resemble a colonial building, caused much controversy due to the height. The temple was dedicated without angel Moroni, and was added about a year later.. The temple, literally built upon a rock or granite hillside, is beautifully designed with a modern look and unique flower motif.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, which led to missionaries being called to serve in the New England area early on. By 1832, there were already two branches. Sharon, Vermont, where you can view Joseph Smith's birthmarker, is just 140 miles away . It is thought that Joseph Smith traveled to Massachusetts in 1836 with his family. As saints were encouraged to gather in Utah, membership dwindled and wasn't rekindled again until the 1890's when the Eastern States Mission was re-established.
Boston is synonymous with history. You can't escape the rich past. There are so many stories and ways to be cultured here that you'll probably find your head spinning. Walk (or tour) the Freedom Trail and relive the story of the American Revolution. Check out the Tea Party & Ships Museum for a full-on interactive experience recreating the 1773 political protest. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston holds some of the best art from around the world on display. If the Earth & Planetary Sciences engage you, visit the Harvard Museum Natural History, the nation's oldest University, to study Natural History. A library (Mary Baker Eddy Library) might not sound like much fun, but the Mapparium allows you to stand at the middle of the world inside a giant globe. An educational experience as you learn about the history and architect. If you're looking to relax, shop and do some people-watching, Davis Square is a great place for browsing shops or taking in a movie, music or performance art. Of course, if you're a baseball lover, Fenway Park is a must see!
Boston is a great place to find fantastic eats! From gourmet tacos at District Taco to exceptionally fresh seafood at Atlantic Fish, you're sure to find something to rave about. Try Kitchen on Common for a taste of local farmer-grown selections. Then stop by Bova's Bakery for some exquisite pastries. If pizza is what gets you fired up, create your own pie at Pizzeria Regina.