Want to explore and experience some real and magnificent Egyptian wonder right in the middle of Madrid, Spain? Indeed there is one that’s a wholly genuine Egyptian structure, straight from the Middle Eastern country. If you’re thinking that it’s one of those gargantuan pyramids now serving as magnificent Madrid monuments, no it’s not. But definitely, the one at Plaza del Oeste, near Plaza de Espana, is nothing less. It is the Templo de Debod, a solid stone structure dedicated to Amon, a major Egyptian deity.
No doubt the centerpiece of the park is the temple — it is one of the reason why a huge number of visitor go to the park day and night. Especially at night, the whole structure becomes as spectacle as soon as it is enveloped in strong, yellowish illumination at night. There are three main portions of the building, and all glisten brighten like gold that even if you have a simple camera, it will still come up with superb pictures of the Debod.
For a few who doubt if what one can find in the park is a real temple, it really is a structure that comes from Egypt, and so it stands proud atop an elevated land in the middle of Centro Madrid. The structure was actually a token of appreciation by the Egyptian government to Spain way back in the late 70’s as a gift of appreciation after the latter provided security to valuable Egyptian and Middle Eastern archeological and historic antiquities during a major dam erection.
A 2-BC edifice, its original location was at Nile. It has to be dismantled, which resulted in hundreds of parts and pieces being brought to Spain. In other words, the temple was totally deconstructed in the Middle East, and was only reassembled to its original state after it arrived in the country.
Masterful Creation at Parque de Oeste
While this park is known to be home to a number of Madrid attractions such as the huge and inviting rose garden called La Roseleda, nothing beat the Temple Debod when it comes to enhancing the park’s already awesome landscape, the park is the location of several attractions. The temple is actually found in the southern park of the parque, just near the the popular Plaza de España.
Templo de Debod is one major specimen of ancient history that offers a concrete glimpse of what the 2nd century civilization of Egypt is all about. Needless to say, any tour of Madrid is not complete without you passing by the monument and experience the breathtaking spectacle that it offers, especially at night. This attraction must be included in your list of Madrid sightseeing tour.
Evening shots of the monument of De bod is mesmerizing that it’s worth going to its hilly location just to see it
How to go to Temple of Debod
Direccion: 1 Calle Ferraz, 28008 Madrid
Entrance fee: Admission is free
Opening hours: 10AM-2PM; 6PM-8PM
Metro: Take Line 3 and get off at Plaza de Espana
Best time to visit
The Templo de Debod became available for public viewing in the country in 1972. Since then, it has attracted everyone, tourists and locals. Basically people from all walks of life visit to appreciate this magnificent gift of the Egyptian government to its Spanish counterpart.
During daytime, the temple is such as beautiful view. Albeit, it is best to go to the site during evening hours. This is the time when the edifices are brightly lighted, and so its beauty is magnified many times over. The only downside about going at nighttime — the place get crowded, groups consisting of teens are all over this part of the park.