It’s a cloudy day in Dublin (that’s pretty common here), and I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the trip I took last year to sunny Madrid. There’s a lot there from that trip that I haven’t written about including visiting the Debod Temple.
The Debod Temple or Temple of Debod is a legitimate, real Egyptian temple in the heart of Madrid, Spain. It’s the only real Egyptian temple outside of Egyptian. The Temple was originally located in the Aswan region of Egyptian and was built back in 200 BC. The Kushite king of Meroë built it as small temple for the Egyptian god Amun.
Fast forward many years later (uh to 1960 AD) to when Egypt was building the Aswan High Dam. The reservoir was threatening to flood and damage The Abu Simbel Temples, which are some of Egypt’s greatest temples. Long story short Spain stepped up and helped Egypt moves these temples to a safe location. After Egypt was like, “hey thanks for that. Here have a temple.”
The Temple in Madrid
So that’s what they did, Egypt gave Spain the Debod Temple. It is now located in the Western Park or Parque del Oeste by The Royal Palace (Palace Real de Madrid). The Temple is free to visit and inside contains small collections of Egyptian artefacts including some hieroglyphics with information cards in Spanish and English. It takes about 10-15 minutes to go through the temple.
I came to the Debod Temple on my last morning in Madrid. I haven’t been to Egypt yet, so it was pretty cool to see a real Egyptian temple in person. Apparently, the Temple Debod is also one of the best places to watch the sunset here in Madrid. Looks like a good reason to go back to Madrid again.
The Temple Debod is located at Paseo del Pintor Rosales, 2, 28008 Madrid. If you are taking the subway the closest stop is the Plaza de España (Lines 3 or 10). A single trip on the Metro will cost between € 1.50 and €3, unless you’re coming from the airport in which case a single ticket is €6. From Plaza de España station it’s about a 10 minute walk to the Temple Debod.
The hours of operation on when the temple is open varies throughout the year. For specific times when the temple is open please check here (page is in Spanish with English and French available). The Temple is closed every Monday and on January 1 and 6, May 1, and December 25, but even on those days you can view the Temple Debod from outside.
While in Madrid I stayed at Huespedes Dolcevita Hostel in a single private room with a balcony. There was a shared bathroom, free breakfast, and free WiFi. The hostel was in the LGBT friendly Chueca neighbourhood and was a 5 minute walk to the Chueca Metro station. If you’re looking for a private room in Madrid at a decent price (I paid about $25 for my room/night when I stayed) I highly recommend this hostel. You can book a room here.
If you want a higher end accommodation option while in Madrid you can book one here.
Have you visited an Egyptian temple before?