While visiting Madrid, we had the great pleasure of visiting the Temple of Debod
The Tempolo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple and was originally built just over 9 miles 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, which was dedicated to Isis of Philae. The Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius completed its decorations.
From the quay there is a long processional way leading to the stone-built enclosure wall, through three stone pylon gateways and finally to the temple itself.
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.
Spain sent a large team to assist in the relocation of the monuments and temples.
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 the Parque del Oeste, near the Royal Palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972.
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.
This was a most amazing and touching experience….
….but as always with The Tin Man…..an appetite has been worked up!
To celebrate being able to visit such an ancient monument, we have decided to dine in the oldest restaurant in the world………….Restaurante Botin’s…
Francisco de Goya worked at Botin’s as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts
The first floor has all the original cabinetry from when Botin’s opened in 1725
The staircase leads to dining in the basement which once held all the ovens in which the suckling pigs were roasted…
Now a marvelous dining area…..
still serving that wonderful sucking pig………roasted to perfection…
….especially when served with roasted new potatoes and Amstel Beer…
- Templo de Debod (abritgirlabroad.com)
- A visit to an Egyptian temple and an attempt at salmorejo… (cafeygatos.wordpress.com)
- Another sunny day in Madrid (ramblingduo.wordpress.com)
- A look at the past: from Ancient Egypt to Madrid (madridinthenet.wordpress.com)
- Madrid Views From The Cable Car In Casa de Campo (picturetouring.com)
- Thing to do: Sunset in Debod Temple (365thingsmadrid.com)
What wonderful cooperation between governments! I like the shots with the clouds behind. And then the decent to the restaurant with a happy couple! Thanks for sharing history and a meal.
So glad you enjoyed. Isn’t it wonderful to have this milder weather in our Texas! Yes, would that the governments of the world could be so cooperative in all matters.
This is like having a marvelous history lesson, with a feast to follow!
So interesting about the relocated temple; we missed that in Madrid. And missed the restaurant too. But you didn’t! How was the pig? Heavenly?
Oh, I am so sorry you missed these two wonderful places. When you return to Madrid you MUST experience them both. The piggy was pure delight! We have eaten at Botin’s many times over the decades and never are disappointed…….ever.
Wow! Never knew there was anything like this in Spain….
Spain is packed with amazing sights and history. Check out my post on Zaragoza : https://the-tin-man.com/2013/08/14/zaragoza-spain/
Thank you for the link to your post on Zaragoza. I look forward to reading it 🙂
I love this post. The meal sounds wonderful and I would love the potatoes with the pig and my husband would love the beer.
Thank you! The roasted piggy is so wonderful in all of Spain, but eating it here in this ancient place makes it taste even better!
I loved Madrid and we peeked inside Botin. Didn’t eat there though. Wish I had!
Next time, my dear, next time…………you must!
You have probably noticed your valise a little heavier than usua, Tin Man. I packed two pairs of ruby slippers. The heels get so worn following you two intrepid travelers through Madrid and all its wonders. XX V.
Virginia, tis good that you packed more slippers……….we have many more tales to tell!
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