The temple was originally built in southern Egypt, near the first cataract of the Nile and near the great religious center dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae.
In 1960, due to the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan and the consequent threat posed to several monuments and archeological sites, UNESCO made an international call to save this rich historical legacy. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state donated the temple of Debod to Spain, in 1968.
The temple was carefully dismantled, transported to Madrid and then it was rebuilt in one of Madrid’s parks, the Parque del Oeste. In 1972, it opened to the public.
Temple of Debod constitutes one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside Egypt and the only one of its kind in Spain.
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