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Temple of Debod

Walking at night near the Plaza of Spain in Madrid we find this wonder, the Temple of Debod. With about 2200 years old, she was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government in 1968 to prevent it from being flooded upon of the construction of the Aswan High Dam. This is an Egyptian temple of the second century BC installed in Park of the Barracks of the Mountain, near the Plaza of Spain. Moved to Spain, it was rebuilt stone by stone and opened in its current location in 1972. It was placed so that roughly maintain the same orientation as in its original origin, from east to west.

Egypt donated four temples saved to various partner nations: “Dendur” to the United States (it is currently at the Metropolitan Museum in New York), “Ellesiya” to Italy (Museo Egizio), “Taffa” to the Netherlands (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden of Leiden) and “Debod” to Spain.

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