The Temple of Debod (Templo de Debod) is currently situated in Madrid, in the Argüelles neighbourhood, but it was actually built in ancient Egypt. Located near Plaza de España, it was a gift from Egypt to Spain after Spain, the USA, Italy and the Netherlands helped Egypt to save six of its temples.
The Temple of Debod was built in ancient times, 2,200 years ago. Its oldest section was erected under the reign of King Adikhalamani, the Kushite king of Meroë, in approximately 200 B.C. Later, Pharaoh Ptolemy VI Philometor continued the construction of the temple, as did his descendants.
This historic building is surrounded by a park known as Parque del Oeste, right in the heart of Madrid, and it’s also very close to Madrid’s Rosaleda, or rose garden. This rose garden, known both as the Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste and the Jardín de Ramón Ortiz, covers 32,000 square metres and was planted in 1956 by the city council’s head gardener at the time, Ramón Ortiz. It’s one of the most beautiful parks in the capital.
In fact, many official and culturally significant organisations have built their headquarters around it. Inside the Parque del Oeste you’ll find the Museum of America (Museo de América), the Fashion and Costume Museum (Museo del Traje), the Complutense University of Madrid and the Royal Parish Church of San Antonio de la Florida.
The best way to reach the Temple of Debod is by crossing Calle Rosaleda or Paseo del Pintor Rosales, as the Egyptian temple is situated at number 1 Calle Ferraz. If you want to park your vehicle nearby, it’s a good idea to leave it in our Saba public car park on Plaza de los Mostenses, which is open 24 hours a day.