Sunsets seen from the Principe Pio Mountain make you feel as though Madrid has just disappeared.

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The Temple of Debod

Magical evenings in Madrid

Its evenings are magical with views of the Casa de Campo and the horizon free of buildings. It will make you feel like the city has disappeared. We are on the Principe Pio Mountain, the famous place where Goya set the shootings of 3 May 1808 in the War of Independence against the French. Then, during the Civil War, this place was transformed into el Cuartel de la Montaña, the Mountain barracks. Fortunately, nowadays it is a place of peace and tranquillity, even though at weekend it is full of people. Don't hesitate in having a picnic next to the Temple of Debod, the park's focal point, an authentic Egyptian temple gifted to Spain in 1968 in return for the help given following Unesco's appeal to save the Nubia temples from the construction of the Asuan dam. It is 2200 years old and comes from the south of the country, almost on the border with Sudan. The building, which is a golden colour during sunset and under artificial lighting, has been restored and consists of different bodies, one of which has columns. Of course, Debod comes from Amon and was a god whose worship become popular in Luxor. It is believed to represent air and sun. Feel these two natural elements as the day fades away.

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