Debod Temple

Price guide: Free

Ferraz 1, Parque del Cuartel de la Montana, Madrid, 28008

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Debod Temple
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Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
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Best for Romance - Expert review of Debod Temple

An Egyptian temple in Madrid? No, you're not seeing things.

So what's it doing there? The temple was given to Spain in 1968 in thanks for the work of Spanish archaeologists, who helped salvage the temples of Abu Simbel which would otherwise have been flooded as a result of the construction of the Aswan Dam on the Nile. More than 2,000 years old, it was rebuilt stone by stone, and still faces east-west, as it does originally. Located on a high spot on the western edge of central Madrid, it is a stunning - and undeniably romantic - place to watch the sun set. Just sayin', in case anyone was thinking of asking any important questions while on their minibreak, or anything.

Expert tips: 
There are guided tours on Saturday morning, but you have to call to book in advance.

More information on Debod Temple:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Archaeological site, Landmark / monument, Viewpoint
Address:
Ferraz 1, Parque del Cuartel de la Montana, Madrid, 28008
Telephone:
91 366 7415
Website:
http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do?IDM=439&NM=3&TR=C&IDR=496
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
April-Sept Tue-Fri 10am-2pm, 6pm-8pm. Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. Oct-March Tue-Fri 9.45am-1.45pm, 4.15pm-18.15pm. Sat-Sun 10am-2pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
Egyptian temple, History

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Community comments (1)

We went to the Debod Temple at night so our view was a little different. Still it was pretty cool to see all lit up at night. The temple is pretty close to the Royal Palace so if you're nearby it's only a short walk. There's not much to see but it's certainly interesting.