Visit the Temple of Debod, a piece of Egypt in Madrid

Very close to the Plaza de España and located in the Parque del Oeste, we find the Temple of Debod.

It is a temple donated by Egypt to Spain in gratitude for the collaboration to save the Temple of Abu Simbel after the construction of the Aswan Dam that would have left it under water.

And as if the beauty of the temple were not enough, we must say that from here you can see the best sunsets in Madrid.

What to see in the Temple of Debod in Madrid

Madrid - Temple of DebodIn a very different location from the one in Egypt, in Madrid we can see it surrounded by nature and in an exceptional place.

It must be said that the temple is very small, unlike those you can find if you visit Egypt, so a visit will not take you too long.

The points of interest in the Temple of Debod are the Adijalamani Chapel, the core of the sanctuary and the oldest part of the temple, the Mammisi, the vestibule, the Header Chapels, the Naoi Room, the Antechamber of the Naos and the Crypts.

In front of it we can see a small pond where its reflection increases the beauty of the Temple of Debod.

As a curiosity, we highlight that there are stones of different colors and this is because the reconstructed pieces decided to leave them in a different color from the original in order to differentiate them. It is also one of the few Egyptian temples that has a crypt.

History of the Temple of Debod in Egypt

Madrid - Old Debod TempleIn the city of Debod, next to the Nile River, this temple was located for 2,200 years and was initially built to worship Amon.

Later, in addition to Amon, another of the Egyptian goddesses Isis was also worshiped.

Later, once the Romans arrived in this Egyptian area, the temple was expanded to also be able to worship the Roman gods before Emperor Justinian Christianized the empire and with it also the Temple of Debod.

Its years of splendor and worship ended and it was abandoned.For centuries it fell into oblivion and deteriorated, a deterioration that increased with the construction of the first Aswan dam and some earthquakes.

When construction began on the second dam, it was decided to save it from being under water and it was dismantled stone by stone to be transferred to Spain.

In Spain it was stored for a few years until it was inaugurated in 1972 just as it was in Egypt but adding some missing pieces that were rebuilt.

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