… but what is an Egyptian temple doing in Madrid?
Temple of Debod: gift from Egypt to Spain
The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple donated to Spain in 1968 in compensation for Spanish aid following the international appeal made by UNESCO to save the temples of Nubia, including Abu Simbel,
Egypt donated four of the saved temples to different collaborating nations: Dendur (USA), Ellesiya (Italy), Taffaa (Netherlands) and Debod (Spain). Among those saved and in danger of disappearing due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
History of the Temple of Debod
The temple is about 2,200 years old. Its oldest nucleus was erected under Pharaoh Ptolemy IV and decorated by the Nubian king Adijalamani around 180 BC. and is dedicated to Amón de Debod and Isis. It has finishes from the Ptolemaic and Roman-Imperial eras (from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD).
It was placed in such a way as to preserve approximately its original orientation and is located near the Plaza de España and therefore the Gran Via. For more information on schedules and rates, we leave you this link to the website of the Madrid City Council.
What to see near the Temple of Debod
Plaza de España and Gran Vía are within reach, from there you can go to Puerta del Sol and see many of the 10 most visited places in Madrid or this plan to visit Madrid in one day if you want to know more about the surroundings from the temple.
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