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Templo de Debod

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España - Spain

Templo de Debod.

Templo de Debod. 

Right in the heart of Madrid is this (very late dynasty) Ptolomean / Meroen Egyptian temple, built in 220 BC. A gift from Gamel Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt, to the Spanish nation in 1970 as a thank you for the help of Spanish archaeologists in the dismantling and rebuilding elsewhere of ancient sites. These would otherwise have become engulfed by the rising waters caused by the contruction of the Aswan Dam. This temple was one of those saved from the inundation.
I went inside the main building today. A far cry from my previous visit some years ago when I was crushed between hordes of visitors and I couldn't study a thing from the artefacts and certainly couldn't get to read any notes. Thanks to Covid-19, entrance was restricted to three visitors at a time and I was able to read the notes by the exhibits and generally learn a few things, which was impossible before.
It's an ill wind ...

Ernest CH, Jean-luc Drouin, Gracie, Jenny McIntyre and 22 other people have particularly liked this photo

15 comments - The latest ones
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Bel endroit ombragé et apaisant *******
Bonne semaine.
5 weeks ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Thank you, Malik!
5 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Magnificent capture! Stay well!

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5 weeks ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
5 weeks ago.
neira-Dan club
beau jardin ; les Yuccas sont splendides
5 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Must be interesting to visit Andy.
5 weeks ago.
Jean club
A beautiful image of an extraordinary gift. It sounds as if you pretty well had a private view which must have been great. It's an ill wind as they say.
5 weeks ago.
Joli cadrage
5 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I sounds like an interesting place...............and it's certainly set in a lovely location. Glad you were able to visit it in peace and quiet.
5 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A very good picture Andy and good information. The darn virus has been good for some things! I don't miss the hordes at all! Good to see you are getting out and about again.
5 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A little paradise ! Have a very nice week ahead, Andy !
5 weeks ago.
Annemarie club
5 weeks ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
~~~Thank you everybody! The only shame is that the temple is usually surrounded by a moat but it had recently sprung a leak and the water has drained away. All spending for repairs to public monuments has been suspended for the forseeable future~~~
5 weeks ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh how wonderful that they managed to re-construct this fascinating temple. I remember my father telling me that he'd managed to see some Egyptian statues before they were moved for the construction of the Aswan Dam.
5 weeks ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
Thank you, Jenny!
4 weeks ago.

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