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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
May 26, 2007
From journal Madrid - Sightseeing Highlights
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
May 19, 2003
Who would have thought just several decades ago that Madrid would have an Egyptian temple in the middle of the city? But here it is, Templo de Debod, brought to Madrid in 1970 from Egypt stone by stone and meticulously put together in Parque del Oeste. Imagine the serenity of this gorgeous Egyptian (well, actually Nubian) temple sitting on a small lake on the background of Palacio Real and Plaza de Espana all lit with gold in the rays of the setting sun right in the middle of the city with heavy traffic and modern buildings!
The temple stood on the bank of the Nile in Nubia since 4th century B.C. (or 2nd century BC – depends on who you ask) until it came to Madrid. It was built for a Nubian king who is shown on the walls of the temple dressed as an Egyptian pharaoh worshipping Egyptian gods with text written in Egyptian hieroglyphics. In addition to the temple there used to be three ornamental pillars, but only two survived to this day. The temple’s deterioration started in the 17th century, by 18th century the third pillar was gone. But it was during the 20th century that it underwent the most serious deterioration. Because of the construction of the Aswan dam the temple was under the water for the most of the year for 40 years. In 1961 UNESCO removed the temple from Nubia and transferred it to the island of Elephantine, and in 1968 it was given to Spain for help with the construction of the Aswan dam.
The pillars were connected with the temple by a sacred path. The most interesting part of the temple is the chapel built for the Nubian king. On the walls of that chapel we see scenes showing the king worshipping and making offerings to various Egyptian gods, some look like people, some have an animal’s head and human body. From the chapel via a small labyrinth of doors we can get to the holy sanctuary which has an altar made of pink granite where according to the legend goddess Isis gave birth to god Horus. On the outside, the rear part of the building has paintings of two gods that were added significantly later probably during the Roman times. Since by then Egyptian script was lost, the paintings don’t have any inscriptions underneath them.
From journal Travels to Spain - Madrid, Part IV
March 26, 2002
From journal Tapas, Flamenco and other things spannish