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Templo de Debod constitutes one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture which can be seen outside Egypt.
The temple was built near Aswan in southern Egypt close to the first cataract of the Nile. In the early 2nd century BC, Adikhalamani (Tabriqo), the Kushite king of Meroë, started its construction by building a small single room chapel dedicated to the god Amun. Later, during the reigns of Ptolemy VI, Ptolemy VIII and Ptolemy XII of the Ptolemaic dynasty, it was extended on all four sides to form a small temple, 12 X 15 m, which was dedicated to Isis of Philae. The Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius completed its decorations.
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 rebuilt in Parque del Oeste, near the Royal Palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972.

I knew already from the photos on TE that it looks specially beautiful in the evening. So just after I came to Madrid in the afternoon, I visited the Royal Palace and then, on sunset, I went to Debod. Nice to see Egyptian temple in Europe.

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