Templo de Debod
Templo de Debod
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Ancient RuinsArchitectural Buildings
9:45 AM - 1:45 PM, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 1:45 PM
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 1:45 PM
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 1:45 PM
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 1:45 PM
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
This place is temporarily closed due to technical problems. The Egyptian temple dating back to the second century B.C. was transported to Madrid’s Cuartel de la Montana Park.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Casa de Campo
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  • Principe Pío • 5 min walk
  • Ventura Rodríguez • 7 min walk
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  • PaulB
    Maastricht, The Netherlands3,150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Gift.
    The Templo de Debod is an Egyptian temple, dedicated to the Egyptian god Amon and goddess Isis (symbols of fertility). It is one of the few buildings of Ancient Egyptian architecture to be found outside Egypt and the only one in Spain. The temple dates back to the second century BC and was originally a chapel, Later Egypt rulers expanded the chapel by adding new rooms. The Templo de Debod, as the name suggests, comes from Debod in the Nile valley, not far from Aswan. When the Aswan Dam was modernized in the year 1960, UNESCO called on other countries to help protect (so that they would not be flooded) many valuable monuments. Spain helped protect the temples of Abu Simbel and received the Templo de Debod as a thank you from the Egyptian government. Stone by stone, the temple was then dismantled in 1969 and shipped to Valencia, where it was taken to Madrid by train. In 1972, the reconstruction of the temple was completed and it was opened to the public.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Patricia W
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice from the outside :-(
    It was amazing from the outside. Because there are no reservations, it takes a long tome to get in and we did not have the time to wait. I was sad to miss seeing the interior as I am sure it would have been worth it. Also, being closed on Mondays during the peak holiday season may not be the best choice. Nice place to take pictures and move on.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York2,505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous! Great addition to the park! Go during sunset
    I loved the temple. I came here at around 8:20 and it was beautiful! It was just about sunset and there was plenty of much needed shade. The temple is beautiful from the outside with plenty of photogenic spots. Unfortunately, the temple was not open when I visited, but that’s ok. Behind the temple was a beautiful panoramic view of the city, which was truly spectacular. Overall, I highly recommend visiting here when in Madrid.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • CK2000
    New York City, New York301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk like an Egyptian to a Temple
    One of the more unique attractions in Madrid -- an Egyptian temple in the city! It is well worth a visit as the temple and surrounding plaza is visually stunning. We went right at sunset and were afforded just marvelous views. It is a bit out of the way, but go. Great vistas and nice picture taking opportunities.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Jason W
    Utrecht, The Netherlands578 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long wait for a small room
    The wait for this thing is soul destroying. You have to stand in a very slow moving queue in the hot sun at the whim of three strutting half_cops who couldn't even run a brewery drinking session. When you get in it is over in 5 minutes, not as good as the borrowed treasures in the British Museum, mostly empty rectangular rooms. Best things are the small models upstairs. It is an exercise in patience which I would advise any sane person to skip.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • TheLush101
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,405 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free mini trip to Egypt
    I joined the queue around 10.30am on a Tuesday morning and it was just over an hour's wait. They only allow in a certain number of people at a time. The temple was moved to Madrid when the Nile was dammed to save it. I've been lucky enough to visit Egypt and see temples there and this one is relatively small and not that interesting, but it's worth a visit if you're in Madrid, have time and are interested in Ancient Egypt (particularly as it's free). There's a model upstairs showing what the Upper Nile looked like before the dam was built and how the temple fitted in amongst all of the others there.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 11, 2023
  • TorontoMusicman
    1,091 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile visit
    We joined what looked like a small line but it took about two hours to get in as they only allow a small group of 6 people or so at a time. It was worth the wait. Inside it is well labeled and we were not rushed to get out once we got in. It is amazing that this really old structure was transported from Egypt and reconstructed here. Surprisingly it is free to visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • DocRah6
    Greater Perth, Australia1,316 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great insight on the Egyptian gift to Spain
    The waiting was the worst part of this whole experience. Waited in line for about an hour and a half. They only allow 6 people at a time in. There’s not a lot inside to be honest but an insight into what the temple looked like in Egypt and also some stones and artifacts from the original temple inside. You see most of the temple outside anyway.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Cavalier1994
    Bethesda, Maryland523 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see evening attraction in Madrid
    Wonderful free attraction in Madrid. Best viewed in the evening, the temple is lit up and offers 360 degree vantage points. It’s very peaceful as you take in the appearance and location and significance of the three structures that make up the temple. And it’s mind blowing to consider that this structure was built in 200 BC in Egypt and dissembled and reassembled here in Madrid in the early 1970s. When I visited in Jan, the moat/pond around the structure had been drained but I imagine the Temple would look even more picturesque with water surrounding it. Since it is situated on a hill, there are excellent spots for taking pictures of the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral. After visiting the temple and it’s surroundings, it is nice to drop by the Principe Pio shopping center and eatery, or visit the fun playgrounds of Plaza Espana - both are within 5-10 mins walk.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 16, 2024
  • AL_reviewer_2014
    Weymouth, United Kingdom158 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared to queue
    I probably shouldn’t score this as I didn’t actually go inside. I wanted to, but there were 50 people waiting. Yes, I counted them because the sign says ten people at a time (max) and they can stay for 30 minutes. I decided it could be a long wait.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 1, 2024
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Rash_Chris
Colombo, Sri Lanka113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is dedicated to Goddess Isis. I Visited on a Saturday. I believe it's usually Free entrance all throughout the week. Limited number of persons are sent in at a time. So, might need to wait in the queue for a while.

I like the location and the surroundings. Would recommend not to spend much time here unless you know or you are interested in Egyptian History / archaeology.
Written March 1, 2020
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Blanka H
194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
This is a super nice place to come, admire the ancient temple and just relax. You can sit in front of the temple on the stone and chill :) If you are going with your partner, this is a beautiful romantic spot to stay at for some time, especially during the sunset.

Guards were there telling people not to stand in the middle, next to the temple, so I would recommend not planning to have photos underneath the constructions :)

Around the temple, there is a small park with many benches to sit and relax.

If you have some time, I highly recommend going to a restaurant nearby: Restaurante O'Rosal. They are specialised in seafood cuisine, although you can also just come to drink and have some really good tapas (seafood salads). We tried there two excellent tapas, patatas bravas and rice with seafood and lobster which was perfect! It is written it's a dish for two but actually, 3 to 4 people could feel quite full with it. Also, it cost only 30 EUR, which is for a lobster quite cheap! They also served us amazing white vine. 🤗 Just prepare yourself for non-English speakers, which is in general often in Madrid.
Written March 13, 2022
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rc20xv
Zapopan, Mexico217 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
if you ask me, you can skip this attraction and do something better with your little time in madrid.
it a nice place to take panoramic photos of the city since it is a bit elevated.
better come in late afternoon so you can enjoy both day time and sunset views.
Written February 23, 2020
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JessyPage
Washington DC, DC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I had never imagined seeing an Egyptian construction in Madrid. But this temple is actually an ancient temple brought to Spain in ships after desmantling the whole structure in the 1930s due to the construction of a dam there. Its totally free of cost and is a great place of sunset in Madrid as you can see the whole westerm part of the city from here with the views of the Royal Palace.
Written April 14, 2020
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Derrick F M
Rhondda, UK489 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
It is free entry and you get free literature.
This was a big disappointment. Firstly there was no water in the moat(?). There was no signs it had any recently, looking at the weed growth between the floor paviers.
We queued for 45 mins to get in. This was in Jan when it is off season, travel restrictions, etc. They can only allow a certain number in at any time to avoid all sorts of issues, hence the queue.
The hieroglyphics were faint and you could easily miss them. I have been to Egypt and the hieroglyphs are everywhere, walls, pillars, ceiling. Not so here, hardly any by comparison.
There is a magnificent model of the Nubian dessert and Nile showing models of many temples. It is impressive. However, ALL the English descriptions of the temples have all but been, eroded, vandalised, or vigorously cleaned with abrasive material. All the Spanish descriptions are intact. This is a great pity that the authorities can't be bothered to rectify this. They must know and it's obviously been done over a prolonged period.
All in all I would say, don't waste your time.
Written April 6, 2022
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KayakBob
Saratoga CA235 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We arrive at about 2pm on a warm Friday. There was a queue of about 50 people waiting to enter the temple. The sign indicates that only 10 people can enter and each can stay up to 30 minutes. As people left the temple a guard would wave in another group. It took 1 1/2 hours to enter. In retrospect, the moderately interesting interior was not worth the wait.
Written May 21, 2022
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Daenerys_IT
42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Not really sure about this.

It was nice but it’s not worth the wait.

I was in the park early, around 9/915 and there was no one, so I decided to go and buy some water before coming back to queue.

I came back at 950 and there were already ~10 people: not too bad I thought.

They only let 10 people enter at a time, so I was expecting a quick queue (even if I was on the second group).

But then two school classes arrived and they pass in front of everyone.

I entered around 11.
The temple inside is nice but not worth the long wait sincerely.

The outside arches are the best part.
Written May 27, 2022
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Howard F
Milwaukee, WI19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
They only let 10 people in at a time so the wait could be 2 hours or more. We did not want to wait and just wanted to take pictures of the front. The guards were rude and almost abusive for just wanting to take pictures of the building. Don't bother with this place.
Written August 14, 2022
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Steve L
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Do not spend more than 30 minutes in line to see this very small and unremarkable tourist attraction. Line moves very slow because of COVID capacity restrictions. Only 6 to 8 people are allowed in at a time. Some people move quickly others take their sweet time. All you will see is carving on stones and models of the real temple. I spent almost 2 hours in line...not worth it...trust me. Guards should limit time spent to 15m and keep people moving.
Written August 6, 2022
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Ann0259
Sydney, Australia103 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We were very disappointed in this site. We waited for well over 1 1/2 hours to visit and on this day the queue was relatively small. It is a free attraction. Only 11 people are allowed in the site at any one time and are allowed 30 minutes in it (why it would take 30 mins I have no idea). Having persisted in waiting we were very disappointed when it was finally our go. It is very average, the film that they show you is only in Spanish (was told I would get the gist of it). The outside of the temple is the best part and at the moment it does not have any water around it. I would not waste your time waiting inline to see this attraction, lots of other things to see in Madrid that are worth queuing for (but this was the longest wait we had in the whole of our 7 days in Madrid).
Written November 3, 2022
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