The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple which was rebuilt in Madrid, Spain.
The temple was built originally 15 km 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 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.It was built and decorated on a similar design to the later Meroitic chapel on which the Temple of Dakka is based. 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.
From the quay, a long processional way leads to the stone-built enclosure wall, through three stone pylon gateways and finally to the temple itself. The pranaos, which had four columns with composite capitals collapsed in 1868, and is now lost. Behind it lay the original sanctuary of Amun, the offering table room and a later sanctuary with several side-rooms and stairs to the roof.
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 one of Spain's most beautiful parks, the Parque del Oeste, near the royal palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972.The reassembled gateways appear to have been placed in a different order than when originally erected. Compared to a photo of the original site, the gateway topped by a serpent flanked sun appears not to have been the closest gateway to the temple proper. It constitutes one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture which can be seen outside Egypt and the only one of its kind in Spain.
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luciola (2958) 2010-10-08 11:16
Fantastic photo, super POV and reflected in the water,excellent colors, sharpness.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-10-08 11:22
A quite beautiful image, very clear and very pure. An excellent work.
I like much.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-10-08 11:25
bonita perspectiva del Templo de Debod, con un perfecto reflejo.
Buen POV y bellos colores.
Has conseguido un maravilloso cielo azul. La última vez que lo visité, me pilló la lluvia. :-(
PixelTerror (0) 2010-10-08 11:25
A Madrid classical, from a good angle and with a timing to get the reflection right, nice one
Have a nice day JY
manudautriche (4348) 2010-10-08 11:28
On pourrait presque retourner la photo si le reflet n'était pas a peine troubler en tout cas le POV est extra et l'angle u peu diagonale très bon,de beaux monuments sans aucun doute,bravo.
JFS (32459) 2010-10-08 12:03
He visto unas cuantas fotos tuyas de este templo y todas me han parecido espectaculares. Según la hora, el cielo, la luz, la misma foto queda completamente distinta.
npecanhuk (75502) 2010-10-08 12:22
A very attractive picture of that place with very good sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, vertical format and composition (special regards to the reflections)!
TFS - congrats,
TopGeo (38216) 2010-10-08 12:50
Hi Manuel,This is really an extremely sharp and well balanced composition! I like this very well-kept castle and the reflections in the moat. This is a photo with very good sharpness, frame and colours
Kind regards Regards
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-10-08 12:53
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition,good colors and sharpness.Marvellous lighting and reflex on water.
digbymerry (3998) 2010-10-08 13:19
A well composed photo and I like the graduation from the darker hues of blue at the top and bottom lightening towards the centre drawing our attention yo the Temple.
COSTANTINO (65768) 2010-10-08 13:24
today you did your best,excellent capture
of the Temple of Debod and excellent reflection too
super pov,a qite beautiful image with impressive
and vivid colours,
an extremely sharp and well balanced composition
sothy81 (9630) 2010-10-08 13:34
Awesome reflexion you have here. Great colors and wonderful architecture. Well done, Manuel!!! Sothy
macjake (68458) 2010-10-09 1:13
if you look at just the bottom half of the photo, that initself is worth of a photo.
excellent idea, excellent photographers eye to capture this one.
vivid strong colours only help to enhance the image
Cricri (120143) 2010-10-09 1:20
Bel angle de prise avec les reflets magnifiques, bon détails et couleurs accentuer par une belle lumière
dkmurphys (59181) 2010-10-10 2:38
A perfect diagonal composition. I like the dual image, a dark and mysterious reflection coming from the past together with the nowadays reality. Well seen, good composition.
Cafalex (924) 2010-10-13 8:46
The reflection is well achieved with impressive colours and an excellent dynamic.
francio64 (39888) 2010-10-13 12:35
quasi una doppia immagine grazie al riflesso sul canale d'acqua.
Buono il POV diagonale che ne accentua la profondità di campo.
Un caro saluto!
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2010-10-17 0:47
A very fine image here. The rich blue tones are superb, and show up the reflections well. I like the contrasts between the blues and the sandstone colours. The surrounds look very lush and inviting for a stroll in the park to soak up the Egyptian style setting in a European location.
lilito (3534) 2010-10-25 12:19
Colores magistrales y una profundidad sin tacha!
- Copyright: Manuel Mayorga (ManuMay) (36159)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Fujifilm S6500fd, FujiFilm xD Card 2GB, Kenko Circular Polariser 58mm
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Egypt in Madrid [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-10-08 11:08