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You may ask what is doing an Egyptian monument in heart of the Spanish capital. Actually, in 1960, numerous historic sites were in danger of demolishment due to the Aswan Dam construction. As an answer UNESCO demand of protecting those monuments, Spain contributed to preserve the buildings of Abu Simbel. As a remirecement, Egyptian government offered the temple originally located in Debod at the Nile Valley to Spain. It was transported stone by stone in 1969 to Valencia by boat then to Madrid by train. Once reconstructed near Placa Espana next a lake, it was surrounded by a beautiful park.
The temple of Debod features two gates raising from the deep pool. Inside the temple, you can take a trip back in time to its history from first construction and devotion to Gods Amun and Isis to the trip steps. It shows numerous photographs and hieroglyphs.
The smashing view at night when the temple is illuminated is a must see for visitors. Lights reflected on the calm waters make a great background for photos.