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Temple of Debod

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Madrid, Spain – The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid, Spain. It is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture which can be seen outside Egypt and the only one of its kind in Spain.

The temple was built originally 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Aswan in southern Egypt very close to the first cataract of the Nile and to the great religious center dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae. In 1960, due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam and the consequent threat posed by its reservoir to numerous monuments and archaeological 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 rebuilt in one of Madrid’s parks, the Parque del Oeste, near the Royal Palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972.

Today it is a popular spot for couples to take their wedding pictures!

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