A piece of Egypt in the center of Madrid? The Templo de Debod is located in Madrid’s Parque del Oeste, also close to the Royal Palace and Plaza España. Take a quick look at all the information you need to know about this ancient temple.
Originally built about 15 kilometres south from Aswan, this Nubian temple was built in the 2nd century BC in honour of Amun, a religious cult centre for many Egyptians until the 6th century AC. It was also close to one of Aswan’s most famous temples, Isis’ Philae.
So why has an Egyptian temple ended up in Madrid? The answer is simple but difficult to believe. After the creation of the Aswan dam in the mid 60’s UNESCO’s call for help to save the Ancient Egyptian ruins was heard by the Spanish government who sent people to help save Abu Simbel and its reconstruction. The Egyptian government was so grateful to Spain that they gave the Debod temple to the country as a gift.
The temple was moved by ship to Valencia and then transported to Madrid by train. It was then rebuilt in a park in the Spanish capital, exactly in the same position and orientation as it originally was: from east to west.
The monument is presided by two incredible gateways that will lead us into the temple and next to a spectacular pool that reflects the beauty of the place. The Debod Temple has an extraordinary colonnaded porch and impressively maintained hieroglyphics. On the top floor we can find a museum to learn more about its history, including the shipping of the temple from Aswan to Madrid.
If you visit the temple on a summer night you’ll get the chance to enjoy many cultural events organized by public institutions as well as beautiful sceneries of Madrid, including the temple itself that is lit at dusk every night.
Admission is Free
The temple opens
from Tuesday to Friday, from the 1st April to the 30th September: From 10 to 14h and from 18 to 20h.
from the 1st April to 30th September: From 9.45h to 13.45h and from 16.15 to 18.15h
All Saturdays and Sundays: From 10h to 14h. Guided tours available prior reservation from 11.30h to 12.30h
Metro: Plaza de España