Temple of Debod, Egyptian monument next to the Plaza of Spain

Debod temple in Cuartel de la Montaña park in Madrid

One of the most beautiful corners it has Madrid, not too well known among those who visit the capital of Spain, is the Debod Temple.

Although it may seem surprising, in a central and really beautiful location between gardens you can visit ¡¡a trueegyptian funeral monument !!!

Located at the beginning of Walk of the Painter Rosales, next to the very central Spain Square, he Debod Temple is located in the Park of the Mountain Barracks.

Debod temple in Cuartel de la Montaña park in Madrid

He Debod Temple It is an Egyptian funerary monument that was installed in 1970 in its current location.

This monument was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government as thanks for the collaboration in the rescue of numerous monuments of the Ancient Egypt from the area of Abu Simbel,

This work allowed to safeguard numerous Egyptian monuments from the consequences of the construction of the Aswan Dam at Nile river with large areas of flooded land.

The monument had been dismantled in 1961, and it was in 1970 when the great stone blocks of the temple moved to Spain from the port of Alexandria to Valencia.

Finally, after its reconstruction in its current location, the Debod Temple It was opened in 1972.

Debod temple in Cuartel de la Montaña park in Madrid

Since then, the temple has been used as the venue for theater or film performances, although over the years it suffered a great deterioration. In 2008 it was declared «Well of Cultural Interest«.

What to see in Debod Temple

When you get to Debod Temple you can visit their different rooms for free, specifically, Augusto Hall, Adijalamani Chapel, Naos Lobby and theAudiovisual room.

Among the exhibits are the models that show the original location of the Debod Temple next to Nile river, in the zone of Abu Simbel.

Debod temple in Cuartel de la Montaña park in Madrid

The visiting hours of the Debod Temple They are from April to September, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and from October to March, in the afternoon the schedule is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Throughout the year on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays you can visit the temple from 9.30 to 20 hours. Close Mondays.

But in addition to visit the Debod Temple You have another reason to go to the Mountain Barracks park that surrounds it.

In the late afternoon, due to its orientation and location, it is one of the most beautiful places in Madrid to enjoy the sunset.

Show at the Debod Temple in Madrid

Mountain Barracks Park

This beautiful park occupies the historic site Mountain Barracks, military building that was destroyed during the Civil war after one of the most important battles that took place in Madrid.

Effectively, in 1860, in the then called Prince Pius Mountain, it was decided to build a military barracks, known as the Mountain Barracks, which came to house up to three thousand soldiers.

Park of the Mountain Barracks in Madrid

During the military uprising that triggered the Civil warIn 1936, rebel troops entrenched themselves in this barracks until they were finally killed and the barracks were completely destroyed.

In fact, in the post-war years no remodeling of that area was carried out, so that the remains of the Mountain Barracks They remained until the 60s.

It was in 1972, coinciding with the inauguration of the Egyptian temple, when the entire park was remodeled.

Park of the Mountain Barracks in Madrid

Now it's worth it until lookout that you will find behind Madrid Debod Temple, from where you will not only have beautiful views of the West Park and the Cottagebut also from the area of Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace.

In short, a recommended walk to complement your visit to the famous Egyptian temple.

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Dusk at the Debod Temple in Madrid