Date: February 10, 2018 01:40PM
The San Diego Temple is highly visible, shoehorned against I-5, on a parcel so small the patrons have to park off site. It's on a residential street lined with apartment buildings and is not an area for tourists.
The Visitors Center is in Old Town, which gets a lot of tourist foot traffic, so they try to tie in Batallion history with the history of Early California. There IS an adjacent temple, however:http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/park-pages/Heritage.html
It's the original building of Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego's first and largest Jewish synagogue. The original building---owned by a church by the 1970s---was going to be demolished, but was saved by a fundraising campaign by Beth Israel members. It was moved to its present historic park location along with other historic buildings. Today the building is owned by the local government and is open to the public.
I love to see the startled look on the faces of TBMs when I tell them "after visiting the Battalion visitors center, I always go through the temple" The Visitors Center pre-dates the SD LDS Temple, but the historic park with the Beth Israel temple pre-dates the Battalion Visitors Center.
I have also been asked by TBMs if a recommend is required to visit the Beth Israel temple.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2018 01:48PM by PtLoma.