Are Amun-Ra and Isis Expats?

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Do you like Egypt? If so, come and visit Madrid.

No, I am not making fun of you. And yes, I know that British Museum is in London.

Trust me, come here and you’ll see one of the few original works of Egyptian architecture from the 2nd century BC. You don’t believe me?

Here is the story: In 1960, across the Nile, in Aswan, it was built the “Great Dam of Aswan” (a massive artificial water barrier). Due to this and the threats posed to several monuments and archeological sites, UNESCO launched an international campaign to rescue the rich historical legacy in Lower Nubia in Egypt.

And Spain responded to the call.

But how can you show your appreciation for a country?  Well… if you are Egypt and Spain has helped you to save your temple in Abu Simel, you give Spain a temple. An ancient one. The temple of Debod.

Spain has it all! Even a piece of Egypt!

Spain has it all! Even a piece of Egypt!

The temple’s construction start in early 200 BC, with a small chapel dedicated to the God Amun (King of the gods and god of the wind) and later, during the reigns of Ptolemy VI, Ptolemy VIII and Ptolemy XII it was extended on all four sides to form a small temple dedicated to Goddess Isis (Goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility).

Now, the full history of it is available in all the touristic guides but I have one question. If they used to live in Egypt and now they live in Madrid, does this make them expats????

The stunning view attracts both locals and tourists

The stunning view attracts both locals and tourists

PS. The only thing not available in the guides is how the sun sets behind the temple. So come here, take a walk into history and see traces of Gods and Goddesses. Then go out and enjoy one of the best views in Madrid. Like in one of these nights…..

Sunset behind the temple…it’s a kind of magic

Sunset behind the temple…it’s a kind of magic

Contemplating infinity

Contemplating infinity



Alexandra Dinca

Alexandra is a Romanian girl attending a MSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Madrid.

She traded her professional experience in auctions because she trusted Confucius saying "Chose a job you love and you will never have to work day in your life".

Gourmand, passionate about Real Madrid and a luxury-lover she will represent Madrid.

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