Temple of Debod, Madrid, Spain (with Map & Photos)

Temple of Debod Madrid Spain

Temple of Debod
is one of four Egyptian temples outside Egypt. He ended up in Madrid in 1968, when Spain took part in saving the sanctuaries of Abu Simbel from flooding during the construction of the Aswan Dam. In gratitude, the Egyptian authorities donated one of their ancient shrines to the Spanish capital.

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Temple of Debod Madrid Spain

The disassembled Temple of Debod traveled by ship from Alexandria to Valencia, from where he already got to Madrid, where it was completely restored and opened to the public in 1972. During the reconstruction process, special attention was paid to ensure that the temple was located, as originally planned, from east to west.

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Temple of Debod Madrid Spain

The Temple of Debod was founded in 2200 BC. in Lower Nubia and is dedicated to the god Amon of Thebes. According to legend, it was here that the goddess Isis gave birth to Horus. Egyptian hieroglyphs have been preserved in the western hall. The finishing of the sanctuary was already completed by the Roman emperors Augustus, Tiberius and Hadrian. Thus, in Debod, several iconic civilizations of the ancient world are united.

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Temple of Debod Madrid Spain

On the walls, you can see photographs that tell the history of the Temple of Debod. The place where it stands is also historical - here were the barracks of General Franco, which the population unsuccessfully stormed in 1936 during an attempt at revolution.

Temple of Debod Map