Unusual places in Madrid: Templo de Debod

Our intern Gabrielle wrote this special piece before going back home. Find out how magical Madrid is with here impressions on Templo de Debod.

When I decided to practice my internship in Madrid, I automatically thought about the most touristy things to do in Madrid: visiting Retiro Park, having tapas every minute of the day and shopping at Gran Vía. Just like me, there are a lot of other people only thinking about the common things to visit when in Madrid, while there are so many other beautiful places to visit.

So here I am sitting in Inhispania’s library, thinking; what other places should I visit since I am here for another 1,5 month? I searched online for “unknown places in Madrid” and one of the many places caught my attention: the Temple of Debod.

Our students at Templo de Debod last summer

I have never heard of this monument before so I searched for some more information. There is actually a nice story behind it: it is an Egyptian temple which was rebuilt in Madrid in 1986, as a gift from the Egyptian government to thank the Spanish engineers for saving old monuments during a flood.

An Egyptian temple in the heart of Spain, quite strange isn’t it?

The temple was dedicated to the god Amun and it is placed in the southern part of Parque del Oeste, which is a beautiful park in the district of Moncloa-Aracava. Around the monument you can enjoy the beautiful nature, the fountain and the most breath taking view of Madrid.

I have visited the temple when it was a sunny day and the pictures I took turned out very nice. When you visit the monument at night, the temple will lit up and you will experience the most beautiful temple and view of Madrid.

How beautiful the temple is at night?

The monument is placed just a little bit outside the centre of Madrid. When you take line 3 at Callao, it will only last about 4 minutes to get there. The nearest metro station is Ventura Rodríguez and from there it is just a 5 minute walk.

So if you are interested in something historical while you are staying in Madrid, the Temple of Debod is a real eye-catcher.