Templo de Debod


The Debod Temple was a gift from the Egyptian government to Spain in thanks for the help provided in restoring the Abu Shimbel complex after the construction of a dam. The temple was located in the Low Nubba, close to the first waterfall and beside the religious complex dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple construction began under the Ptolemaic dynasty and was finished under the Roman Emperor Adriano.

Egyptians believed that a temple was the gods´ daily abode. Theoretically the emperor was the only human being to be allowed in, although priests were the ones to take daily care of the god. Priests came in every day just before sunrise to open the sarcophagus where the god had rested since the last sunset. Priests cleaned, perfumed, and dressed the figure that represented the god, and offerings were made of beer, meat, and fish.