It’s a cloudy day in Dublin (that’s pretty common here). While I’ve found a place to live I’m still looking for work. Job hunting can be a frustrating and tiresome process, and I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the trip I took last year to 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, which 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). From there it’s about a 10 minute walk.
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.
Have you visiting an Egyptian temple before?