The Temple of Debod, a little piece of Egypt in the heart of Madrid
An Ancient Gift
The Egyptian government donated the Temple of Debod to Spain in 1968 as thanks for helping to save the Temple of Abu Simbel. It dates back to the 2nd century BC, and was originally built in the village of Devod. It was dedicated to the god Amun and the goddess Isis.
Rebuilt Stone By Stone
The temple lay abandoned until the 20th century, and the construction of a new dam threatened to destroy the ancient building completely. It found a new home in the city of Madrid, and was rebuilt stone by stone and still faces East to West. It is located in Madrid’s “West Park”, which is also very close to Plaza Mayor.
The Temple of Debod is particularly magical at sunset. The water which surrounds the temple reflects the ancient stone buildings. It’s a great opportunity for stunning photographs too. Only 15 people can go in at a time, so queues are likely but tend to move fast.