The Temple of Debod located in Parque de la Montana was gifted to the country when a Spanish archeologist saved it from the riser waters in Lake Nasser.
Gran Via is filled with theaters, retail shops, tall buildings, hotels and pollution. At the very end of it is the Plaza de Espana, a popular destination for tourists to lounge around. It has a beautiful fountain, common in many parts of Madrid, and a statue dedicated to the Madrid’s beloved Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
He wrote the famous story of Don Quixote de la Mancha and his antics with his mule Sancho Panza. The Plaza de Espana is no comparison to the Plaza Mayor but still a relaxing place to take a breather. You just have to close your eyes and pretend you can’t hear the traffic.
I thought the highlight of my day was the Plaza Mayor, until I discovered the Parque de la Montana northwest of Plaza de Espana. An Egyptian temple, Templo de Debod, is hidden in the park.
The view from the park overlooks the teleferico (cable cars) and the Catedral de Nuestra Senior de la Almudena. The temple was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in southern Egypt and was sent block by block to Spain as a gesture of gratitude to Spanish archaeologists in the UNESCO team who worked to save the monument.