Just like the Temple of Dendur, which can now be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Temple of Debod was a gift from Egypt to thank Spain for its help in preserving several historical monuments and archeological sites when the Great Dam of Aswan was constructed back in the 1960s. Instead of putting it in a museum, however, the goverment of Spain chose to rebuild the temple in a beautiful park overlooking the Casa de Campo. For this reason, most locals and tourists who gather around the temple to soak up the sun in the afternoon or share a few drinks at night don't really go there out of an interest in archeology. The luscious gardens surrounding the temple have simply turned into a fun gathering place for young Madrileños looking forward to unwind after a long day at work or school. So why not join them?!
This temple was a present from egyptian gouverment for Spanien (1960)
You can see this temple in Parque del Oeste. I was not inside, before it is open to 18, and I was there afternoon.
In this park there is too a terrace and you can enjoy excellent view of Madrid`s panorama. This is very nice to make a walk there and look for great palmtrees or oleanders.
Templo de Debod is an old egyptian temple dedicated originally to the cult of Ammon and Isis, built 2.200 years ago.
It was donated to the spanish government by Egypt to thank us for the help Spain gave to rescue the Abu Simbel temple from the waters in 1968.
Free entrance. Monday and public holidays closed. Weekends open only in the mornings.
From the Royal Palace, head to Plaza de Espa?a, and further on, you can visit this temple.
It was given to Spain thanks to our help when they salved from the flooding of the Nile.
An incredible scenery and it is free entrance
Some people complain about the spoils of the temple by thousands of tourist walking around and touching the walls, but also we have to think that is a way of getting to know more closely without flying to Egypt a little more about this fantastic culture. Maybe I have read too much to Christian Jacq ;-)
Going to the back of the Temple you can have great views of the Casa de Campo
Come back your steps to Plaza de Espa?a on the subways to cross the main street, be careful with pickpockets, they work on couples!
Back my steps and head to Plaza de España
The Temple comes from Egypt given to Spain. This is an authentic temple built B.C. at the village of Devod dedicated to their gods. As Egypt constructed Aswan High Dam, many of the historical monuments were in danger being flooded, so the Spanish engineers helped the Egyptian government to move those monuments to safety areas. One the monuments were donated to Spain in recogniton to their support and was reconstructed in Madrid in the Park of de la Montana, formerly the site of the army barracks.
Not far from the Plaza de Espana is the Templo de Debod. This is a 4thC BC Egyptian temple, rescued from the flooding of the Aswan Dam and given to Spain as a thank you for the work Spanish engineers did on the project.
There are two processional arches before the temple proper. Surrounded now by a shallow moat it is a lovely site - hardly visited at all when we were there. It is is the Parque del Oeste - an historic place in its own right for there stood the Montana barracks, stormed by the people at the start of the Civil War in 1936.
I was born in Madrid, and have lived here for many years, but it was only a few months ago that I went to the Debod Temple for the first time! Don't ask me why, it's a place I've wanted to see for a long time, however I never seemed to make it there. The Debod Temple is an Egyptian Temple that was donated to Spain in 1968, as a "thank you" for helping to preserve different temples in Nubia. The temple is situated in the Oeste Park. It might be a nice idea to have a walk around the park as well as visiting the temple. Some time ago I saw online that sometimes in the summer there are concerts (mainly classical) next to the temple, which should be lovely, I know I will check that out for next summer!
The Temple Diebold is much more impressive than I had expected. It is quite a site to see in the middle of Madrid, just a short walk North from the Palace. Originally destined to be a victim of the Aswan Dam, Egypt gave this Temple to the city of Madrid.
Tucked away inside El Parque del Oeste is el Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple which was given to Spain in the late 1960s in thanks for the country´s support in saving la the temples of Nubia, most notably that of Abu Simbel. The temples had been under threat of destruction due to the building of the Aswan Dam.
Inside the temple there a several small rooms displaying various stones with carved hyrogliphs and other Ancient Egyptian images... on the second level there is a display of a minature model of the islands along the path of the Nile in the lower section (Aswan to Abu Simbel).
Worth a look, and entrance is free. Opening hours vary though, so make sure you check what they will be for the day of your visit before you arrive disappointed!
TEMPLO DE DEBOD. Paseo Pintor Rosales ( close to Plaza de España). This temple is Egipcian and it was a present given by the Egiptians to the city of Madrid during the 70's. It's very nice now, apart from the building see the 'museum' inside.(In the picture my sister Mónica with flower, mom and me,year 74)
Located in the middle of the picturesque Parque de la Montaña, the 2nd century BC Egyptian Temple of Debod has been in Madrid since 1972. Egypt gave it to Spain as a gift in 1968 as a sign of gratitute for the help provided in saving the Temple of Abu Simbel from submersion after the Aswan High Dam was built. The Temple of Debod was disassembled and transported to Spain where it was rebuilt in its current location. The interior contains preserved wall hieroglyphs and exhibit with miniatures showing where the temple originally resided. The actual Parque de la Montaña has strategic views over Campo de Moro, Catedral de la Almudena, Palacio Real and Plaza de España.
The Temple of Debod is a little out of the norm as far as attractions you would expect to find in this city. This is an Egyptian temple and positioned in a east/west alignment. The temple built in the 4th century BC is dedicated to Egyptian gods Isis and Amon. It was originally situated in southern Egypt until a few decades ago. It was brought to Madrid in 1972 and is given with thanks as recognition of Spanish archaeologists who assisted in the rescue of the Nubian temples in threat of flooding by the Aswan Dam.
Originally built 9.3 miles south of Aswan, the Temple of Debod was dismantled stone by stone between 1969 and 1970. The pieces were then shipped to Valencia and then taken by train to Madrid. It was rebuilt in Madrid’s Parque de Rosales, near Palacio Real, and opened to the public in 1972.
When construction of the Great Dam at Aswan in 1960 threatened monuments and historical sites downstream, UNESCO appealed to member countries to save Egypt’s rich archeological heritage. To show its gratitude for Spain’s help saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian government made a gift of the Temple of Debod to Spain in 1968. The temple is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture outside Egypt and the only one of its kind in Spain.
The temple was part of the great religious center dedicated to the goddess Isis in southern Egypt. Begun in the early second century BC as a small single room chapel dedicated to the god Amun, it was extended to form a small temple during the Ptolemaic dynasty and dedicated to Isis of Philae. The Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius completed its decorations.
a gift from Egypt to Spain from the king Adijalamani, for the construction of the dam of Assouan in 1968.
free admission, and great Egyptian cave mummies art with writings on the walls and all; great for the entire family, and a great park to walk and play.
This is how to get there
Metro: stations Plaza de España (línes 3 and 10)and Ventura Rodríguez (líne 3)
bús: Líne 74 (stops calle Ferraz,in front of temple,and on calle Pintor Rosales), Línes 25, 39, 46, 75, 138 ,and C1 (stop at Cuesta de San Vicente-Cadarso), Línes 3, 44, 133, 148 ,and C2 (stop Plaza de España), and Línes 1, 2, 74 (stop Princesa-Ventura Rodríguez)
by train: Cercanías RENFE - Estación(station) Príncipe Pío
we were really surprised to find this temple in madrid.
it is a small Ptolemeic temple rescued from the archaeological sites of Nubia before the construction of the Assuan.
tues - friday 9.45 - 1.45 and 16.45 - 20.15
sat & sunday 10.00 - 14.00
closed on mondays and holidays