Temple of Debod... and the Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom...
This is a site that is quite simply beautiful and a must see whilst in Madrid. It is situated in the Parque del Oeste, and is magical and atmospheric at any time of the day or night.
This shrine is dedicated to the Goddess Isis and was relocated from the banks of the Nile just south of Aswan and opened to the public in 1972. It was built at the beginning of the 2nd Century BC by Adikhalamani, the Kushite king of Meroë with the first chapel being dedicated to the moon god Amun then during the Ptolemaic Dynasty it was extended to become a small temple dedicated to Isis of Philae. The roman emperors Augustus and later Tiberius also added to the temple through decorations.
The Egyptian state donated the Temple of Debod to Spain in 1968 after UNESCO asked the international community to help save the historical legacy with the threats of flooding after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Spain had provided help in saving the Abu Simbel Temples and as a thank you for their assistance Egypt made Spain the legacy holders for this magnificent temple.
Image of the Temple de Debod in Egypt before relocation to Spain.
As caretakers of the Temple of Debod the Spanish authorities have done it justice. It should feel that the Temple of Debod does not belong here, but strangely it feels like the temple is at home. Surrounded by water it is quite breathtaking and an amazingly magical place to sit and watch the sunset when in the evenings people gather and there is a celebratory atmosphere that is quite extraordinary. You get the feeling that the Ancient Egyptian Goddess Isis is happy that her Temple is here, and as the Goddess of Nature and Magic you can certainly feel her presence as the sun sets over this magnificent city...
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