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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krzychu30 (15512) 2012-05-12 4:33
piekne zdjecie i niepowtarzalna atmosfera o zachodzie slonca.Kolory sa tutaj niepowtarzalne.Rowniez perspektywa,ktora tu zastosowalas jest znakomita.
golus (2893) 2012-05-12 4:55
A very well planned and executed capture of this amazing temple. I liked the diagonal composition to increase the effect of perspective and the lovely subtle reflections on the water. But the most prominent aspects of this shot are the excellent light management and outstanding colors produced. A well engineered shot, thanks. Have a lovely WE.
Sergiom (82815) 2012-05-12 5:36
J'ai beaucoup aimé visiter cet endroit, mais je n'ai pas eu la chance de la voir à cette heure de la journée qui lui donne un tout autre aspect avec cette lumière qui semble venir de l'intérieur
tedesse (25135) 2012-05-12 5:38
Dzis jestesmy sasiadami:)
Piekna prezentacja egipskiej swiatyni w Europie wieczorowa pora. Super ostrosc, piekne kolory i odbicia.
holmertz (54961) 2012-05-12 6:08
The evening light has made the temple look like it's on fire. An unusual and remarkable sight. Fine colours and atmosphere generally.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-05-12 6:19
Exotic place in Madrid!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black borders, contrasts, chosen pov and composition with relfections are all excellent and really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-05-12 7:08
immagine molto bella, con una luce molto calda che rende i colori intensi e piacevoli. Molto buona la composizione che si avvale dei bei riflessi per creare un'atmosfera unica. Complimenti e buon WE.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-05-12 7:13
Ola Malgorzata ,
Bonita esta tua composição em final de dia , vale a pena esperar pelo pôr do sol para fotografar estes belos reflexos dourados , bons detalhes deste velho templo , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
mayjayne (6334) 2012-05-12 8:04
Wonderful composition with excellent lighting effects and reflections.
JFS (32459) 2012-05-12 8:07
I think i have never seen this marvelous place with such a pink light. Great shot Malgorzata! Manu uses to shot this place very well too.
enjoy the WE!
Rafer (0) 2012-05-12 8:08
Preciosa perspectiva pero que destaca principalmente esos tonos rosados fuera de serie... fantàstica...Saludos
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-12 9:54
this is a splendid photo from this beautiful place with very nice composition, I like the atmosphere of the photo and the mysterious lights, the reflection is beautiful, too, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
raszid62 (18515) 2012-05-12 10:35
Bardzo nastrojowa, tajemnicza budowla sfotografowana w mistycznym ¶wietle. Zadziwiaj±ca egipska ¶wiatynia w centrum europejskiej stolicy. Obraz bardzo mi siê podoba.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2012-05-12 11:55
i have seen several shot of this place, this one has a beautiful light.
vasilpro (41619) 2012-05-12 12:06
Superb composition, beautiful atmosphere, excellent light management, lovely color tones, very nice POV, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
nikkitta (17066) 2012-05-12 15:23
Only after reading your note (twice) I understand the temple was in Madrid, it looks so Egyptian..
Great idea to go specially at sunset, you obtained a very beautiful image with warm colors and good reflections
PaulVDV (29809) 2012-05-12 15:34
I've seen a lot of pictures of this temple but never in such a beautiful, warm colours as here.
Excellent light management.
Best regards, Paul
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-12 17:01
Very nice landscape.Great colors and loghtning.Perfect frmaing and POV.Very well done.
Have a goodnight
brianmcc (6219) 2012-05-12 17:15
the colours in this picture are so warm and have created a wonderful atmosphere. lovely composition with the architecture drawing the viewer through the picture. superb depth of filed and sharpness.
edge (7407) 2012-05-12 22:45
Hello Malgorzata, What a wonderful sunset on this structure. The arches look like they have a small fire. Absolutely marvelous shot.
I just canceled a cruise from Barcelona along the Spanish coast and the Canary Islands with stops in Morroco etc to Lisbon. 15 days. It would have been in September, but we have some conflicts in travel, and we would be going to Texas the first week of October. Too much travel. Maybe next year. I would love to see Madrid. We have been to Barcelona twice and it is a lovely city. Have a good week. Warm Regards Roger
jjcordier (79297) 2012-05-12 23:02
Superbe photo avec une lumière magique, des couleurs fantastiques et une excellente composition. L'endroit est également très curieux et original.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-05-13 0:28
Hello Malgo - A wonderful shot. I love the sunset colours and how they touch the temple with warm light. A very fine composition and beautifully managed. Warm regards Rosemary
papagolf21 (103764) 2012-05-13 1:17
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
J'aime votre façon de photographier. Vos images sont empreintes d'une beauté particulière, romantique, poétique.
Cette composition ne fait pas exception. La beauté est vraiment mise en valeur.
bukitgolfb301 (42928) 2012-05-13 1:40
Hello my dear Malgo
Great light and color managed shot!
Wonderful color gradation, and also reflection.
Perfectly considered framework and composition as usual. Nice color torn you captured.
Thanks for your sharing with your good job and have a good Sunday, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
delpeoples (58804) 2012-05-13 2:04
Cara Itchy Feet
Oooh ahhh what gorgeous pinks and golden colours. The image is magical. I love the perspective and the beautiful symmetry created by the reflections on the water. A superbly composed and realised photo, congratulations.
Un abbraccio e buon weekend
jurek1951 (42196) 2012-05-13 2:44
nastrojowe swiatlo,pieknie odbija sie te obiekty we wodzie,pozdrawiam
Fis2 (100668) 2012-05-13 3:09
Ciekawe te obiekty.
Ladnie poukladalas w kadrze.
Ale njbardziej podoba mi siê swiatlo a co za tym idzi kolorystyka.
Milej niedzieli (zimno!)
cornejo (43859) 2012-05-13 4:02
Malgo Hello, very nice shot of this interesting monument with a lovely light. Good sharpness and color depth. Excellent and charming work, congratulations friend of mine. Tfs.
Good Sunday afternoon, happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes
Didi (60588) 2012-05-13 8:50
Very nice Egyptian ambiance in Spain
The warm lights are very appreciable.
josepmarin (58359) 2012-05-13 10:35
I also took several photos in this fantastic place, but I did not do it at late afternoon, as in this case. I will return to Madrid for to try to emulate this splendid composition.
The pink and orange tones in the sky create a really pleasant atmosphere, the lighting of these elements is very elegant, and the reflections complete a beautiful image.
An excellent photo.
ChrisJ (116078) 2012-05-13 10:42
A wonderful apricot orange sky reflected also in the water. Good sharpness & nice symmetry of the 2 Egyptian temples relocated after the Aswan Dam was built. The third temple far right is a different more rectangular shapes but adds interest due to its columns. Tfs!
Silvio1953 (146643) 2012-05-13 10:59
Ciao Malgorzata, fascinating composition with lovely egyptian temple in Madrid, fantastic reflections, splendid light, excellent perspective and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
adramad (46944) 2012-05-13 13:07
Hola querida Malgo.
Ya estoy de regreso de mis vacaciones en Canarias y me encuentro esta soberbia imagen de Madrid.
Has captado el templo con una luz fabulosa, me encanta ese color rosado del atardecer, es uno de los encuadres mas bonitos que he visto de este lugar, te felicito por tan magnifico trabajo.
El viaje ha sido una preciosidad, me han encantado las dos islas, te recorde en las curvas de Masca, pero he andado por otras carreteras similares, ha sido todo un reto con un coche que no es el tuyo.
Aun tardare un poco en tener preparadas fotos del viaje para subirlas a TE, tengo las proximas semanas con poco tiempo.
Un abrazo muy fuerte, de tu amigo.
dkmurphys (60709) 2012-05-13 13:20
Very nice capture from that impressive place of Madrid. I like the soft lights and the calm atmosphere. Well taken!
bayno (18344) 2012-05-14 1:32
I had already seen some pictures of this old temple, you have chosen a wonderful hour and a stupendous light for this your shot, beautiful reflections and a perfect framing, congratulations because it's a snap without tripoid...
have a good day...
ikeharel (73549) 2012-05-14 8:19
POV chosen show well the ancient monuments, Malgo.
The orange fabulous tone decor the scene, and the red illumination already lightened-up mingle well with it.
Location is attractive and can imagine it has diff. texture's in diff. times of a day.
jemaflor (99075) 2012-05-14 8:59
Very nice shot with a good light capture and these beautiful reflections on water. Imagine that when I was there, no water, pity for me ...
adores (45877) 2012-05-14 17:32
It's surely a very nice temple and you got a great moment to take the photo, when it's already illuminated. Colours are really beautiful!
ManuMay (36273) 2012-05-14 22:47
I´ve been there so many times...I´ve captured so many times...!! But never under such beautiful light!!!!!
A very special light moment, delicate and warm...You choose one of bests points of view. I knew this was one of places you wanted to visit!!
Best and warm regards...
annjackman (21899) 2012-05-15 23:20
Well done for so carefully choosing the time of day to take this - it is perfect. This is a carefully arranged shot with lovely light and colour. A super picture.
Kind Regards, Ann
mkamionka (38357) 2012-05-16 14:30
miejsce tak dobrze znane mi z TE chociac nidy nie bylem tam osobiscie. Bardzo ladny kolor nieba i w ogole atmosfera jaka udalo Ci sie tutaj uchwycic. Rowniez odbicia -moze nie 100% ale robia ogromne wrazenie.
patdeph (35748) 2012-05-16 14:45
I love the warm light, and the splendid color it gives under the arches of this beautiful temple.And I love the reflections and the pink sky.Magnificent!