The Frankfurt Germany Temple was announced on April 1, 1981, and originally dedicated on August 28, 1987 by Ezra Taft Benson. The temple was built on a 5-acre (20,000 m2) plot, has 4 ordinance rooms and 5 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 24,170 square feet (2,245 m2). A previous German temple was dedicated in Freiberg, Germany in June 1985, while it was part of the then-German Democratic Republic.
After the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990, Germany became the second country outside of the United States to have more than one temple, this and the Freiberg Germany Temple. The first foreign country with more than one temple had been Canada where, less than six weeks earlier on August 25, 1990, the dedication of the Toronto Ontario Temple had taken place, becoming Canada's second temple, joining the Cardston Alberta Temple, which was first dedicated in August 1923. A program of increased temple construction begun by church president Gordon B. Hinckley in 1998 has since increased the number of temples outside the United States such that a number of countries now have more than one temple.