Nestled into Parque Oeste on the West side of town is one of Madrid’s amazing treasures – an Egyptian temple which is striking by day and luminous by night.
The Temple of Debod was a gift to the government of Spain after helping to save various historical buildings from the Nubia region in 1960 which was under threat of flooding from the construction of the Great Damn of Aswan.
It graciously arrived bit by bit to Spain in 1968 and stands in open air with a view of the far West of Madrid (on clear days you can see out to the Guadarama mountains). Several other temples were given to other countries; the Temple of Dendur stands inside the Metropolitan museum in New York, Temple Taffeh is in the Netherlands and the Ellesiya Temple is in Turin, Italy.
My favorite time to go is to watch the sunset behind the temple; it’s a popular place for young and old couples to go and make-out (you’ll find a very easy-going public kissing policy in Madrid). If you go during a hot day, you can admire the temple from a shady trail and then find a nearby terraza to enjoy a cold drink or ice cream.
Templo de Debod | Art & culture | Free
Calle Pintor Rosales | +34913667415
Apr – Sep Tue – Fri 10:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 20:00 Oct – March: Tue – Fri 09:45 – 13:45 & 16:15 – 18:15, Year round Sat, Sun and festivals 10:00 – 14:00