Egyptian splendor … in Madrid

I’ve been a few times to Madrid, but when I was back for a visit last weekend, I was surprised to learn that Spain’s capital boasts an impressive Ancient Egyptian monument.

Temple of Debod, Madrid/Sullivan

This can be found at the Parque de la montaña, close to the Royal Palace. It is called the Temple of Debod and it was built by Pharoah Zakheramon in the 4th Century BC.

How did it wind up in Spain? The temple sat on land that was flooded after the construction of Egypt’s Aswan Dam, and Egypt chose to gift it to Madrid to thank Spain for its assistance in constructing the dam.

Temple of Debod, Madrid/Sullivan

It wasn’t a particularly clear day when we visited, but there are some pleasant views over the city from this vantage point.

There’s plenty to see when you’re in Madrid, but if you have time the next time you’re here, why not stop by to visit this slice of Ancient Egypt on the Iberian Peninsula?


  1. wordfoolery on December 5, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    That’s fascinating. If I’m in Madrid, I’ll stop by.

  2. kimberlysullivan on December 10, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    I just discovered it myself, Grace, after many visits here. : ) Nice to stumble onto a piece of Ancient Egypt in Madrid. But it’s not as impressive as the Egyptian temple of Dendur in NY (and we even have a NY obelisk!) Nice to have the splendor of the pharaohs spread out across all the continents.: )

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