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TEMPLE OF DEBOD
An Egyptian temple in Madrid
An Egyptian temple in Spain?

This temple was donated to Spain by the Republic of Egypt in 1968. If not moved, the Debod Temple would have been flooded by the building of a dam.

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The temple was built approximately 2200 years ago to honor the gods Amon and Isis. Constructed in the Nubian town of Debod (thus its name), it was later enlarged and redecorated by the Ptolemanic pharaohs and the Roman emperors.

Rebuilt on the site of a former Montana army barracks, it was opened to the public in 1972.

I found the temple and then waited and waited for it to open. 10:00 came and left. I checked my guidebook, and sure enough, it was a Spanish holiday.

It's not very large inside, but on the second level there are photographs and diagrams explaining the moving and reconstruction of the temple.

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This page last updated March 2007
Information on this page comes from my October 2003 visit to Spain