I never expected to find ancient Egypt and early medieval ruins in Madrid. Okay, well maybe the medieval ruins, but definitely not ancient Egypt! Nevertheless, Templo Debod and Muralla Arabe are must visits. Both are walking distance from the Royal Palace (which I’ll get to in my next post).
Muralla Arabe translates to Arab Wall, which is Madrid’s old city wall. It was built by early Medieval Arab rulers, dating back as far as the 9th century. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Spain’s history, but I was surprised to learn this! I guess you learn something new every day! Sightseeing and touring other countries is an amazing thing!
Another great Madrid attraction is Templo Debod. This was yet another thing I didn’t expect to see in the middle of Madrid. This temple came all the way from Egypt in the late 60’s. Spain played a huge role in helping to save/preserve Egypt’s temples, and as a sign of thanks, Egypt donated this temple to Spain. What a gift! Admission is free, and is something visitors should definitely check out.
There’s still more to see and do in Madrid, so stay tuned, we’re off to the palace and cathedral next!