Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod is an Ancient Egyptian temple that was originally built in the 2nd Century BC at the village of Devod, it was later dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid, The Egyptian state donated the temple of Debod to Spain In 1968, as a sign of gratitude for helping to save the Abu Simbel Temple.

The Temple was rebuilt in the Parque del Oeste, which is situated near the Royal Palace of Madrid and open to the public in 1972, however, the reassembled gateways have been placed in a different order compared to the original one. The Ancient Egyptian architecture is one of the very outsides of Eqypt and the only one of its kind in Spain, Making it one of Spains most treasured Architecture. Only three other temples are situated outside of Egypt, the temple of Taffa in Leiden, located in the Netherlands;  the Temple of Dendur in New York, the United States of America and the rock-cut temple of el-Lessiya located in Turin, Italy.

The Temple of Debod is a religious centre dedicated to the goddess Isis. The Temple consists of several chapels, a terrace, a hall and a Museum. Its known as one of the best places to come and take photographs at sunset, with beautiful lighting and stunning views.

The Debod temple
Temple of Debod photography credited to flickr user: Tom Bayly

Telephone: +34 913 66 74 15 | Official Website |

How to get to Temple of Debod

Near By Subway transportation: Line 3 – Plaza de España or Ventura Rodríguez stations and Line 10 – Plaza de España station.

Near By Bus services: 74.

Opening Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Closed: Every Monday. Jan 1, Jan 6, May 1 and Dec 25.

Admission

Free Entry

Information

  • Built 200 BC.
  • Rebuilt 1970-1972.
  • Architectural style: Ancient Egyptian.
  • The Egyptian state donated the temple of Debod to Spain in 1968.
  • Province: Community of Madrid

More Photography’s

The Debod temple
Temple of Debod photography credited to flickr user: Son of Groucho
Temple of Debod
Temple of Debod photography credited to flickr user: Daniel Dionne

Location

Address: Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain | Coordinates: 40°25′26.59″N 3°43′04″W

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Place Bellecour

Place Bellecour

Place Bellecour is the third Largest square in France after, the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux and the Place de la Concorde in Paris, vehicles are allowed in Places de la Concorde and des Quinconce but not in Place Bellecour, which makes Place Bellecour the largest pedestrianised square in Europe.

When you visit Lyon, you really can’t visit the beautiful city without stepping foot on to the reddish sand square, walk to the center of the square to find a statue of Louis XIV, however, this isnt the orginal Louis XIV statue, the first one was created in 1713 and was destroyed during the French Revolution in 1793, to make a cannon from it, for the French Revolution, however in 1825 a new statue was sculpted in Paris by Francos-Frederic Lemot, and took twenty-four horses and twelve days to transported it to Lyon. A new statue of Antoine de Saint-Exupery sitting in front of the Little Prince was erected in 2000, for the Centenary of the Aviator’s Birth.

UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Place Bellecour
Place Bellecour Photography by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

How to get there

  • The square’s metro station also called Bellecour, is the intersection of lines A and D.
  • The square is served by many buses: including 10, 14 and 88.

Events and Festivals

Every year a few events take place in Place Bellecour.

  • During the winter an Ice Ring is installed.
  • In Winter, a 60 Meter Ferris wheel is installed and gets dismantled in early March.
  • Throughout the year you can find concerts and events happening in the square.

Opening Hours

Open all year round 24/7

Location

Address: Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon, France | Coordinates: 45°45′27″N 4°49′56″E

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Vieux Lyon, Old Town

Vieux Lyon

In 1954, Vieux Lyon, the city’s oldest district, became the first place in France to be protected under the Malraux law to defend France’s cultural sites. Covering an area of 424 hectares at the foot of the Fourvière hill, it is one of Europe’s most extensive Renaissance neighborhoods.

Lyon Old Town is divided into three districts, all referring to the Christian Saints, Saint Paul’s district, which was named after the surrounding church, that was created by adepts of St Paul, the old town center is named after Saint-Jean, The Cathedral of St Jean also known as Cathedral of Lyon is called after the Saint-Jean, and the Southern old town districted is named after Georges district, the church in the region is named after Eglise Saint Georges.

The Saint Georges section, silk weavers settled here beginning in the sixteenth century before moving to the Croix Rousse hill in the nineteenth century. In 1844, the architect Pierre Bossan rebuilt the St George’s Church on the banks of the Saônein a neo-Gothic style. In the Middle Ages, when there were only a few parallel streets between the hill and the Saône, the first traboules were built. Derived from the Latin trans ambulare, meaning to pass through, traboules are corridors through buildings and their courtyards, connecting one street directly with another.

In 1998, UNESCO declared “Vieux-Lyon” as a World Heritage site.

Lyon old district roofs
Lyon old district roofs Photography by Flickr user: Olivier

How to get there

Vieux Lyon has its own subway service that takes you straight to the district

  • Vieux Lyon Subway Service: D
  • Funiculars: F1 and F2

If you are traveling by car, just of the A6, take the 39b exit and then on to ‘Rue de la Quarantaine’, this road will take you straight to the Vieux Lyon District.

  • Exit 39C and 37 can also be taken but it will take you on a longer path.

Information

  • Area: 30 ha

Location

Address: 5th arrondissement of Lyon, France | Coordinates: 45°45′47″N 4°49′41″E

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