|Templo de Debod|
Egyptian temple, on the other hand, is as hard to find in Europe as a hen's tooth (or a Buddhist monk's comb, or n ashtray on a bike). And Spain is lucky to have one. This is a gift from Egypt to Spain for their help in saving Abu Simbel temples from being submerged after the building of Aswan Dam.
I've seen postcards showing the YUGE statue of Abul Simbel being lifted by crane. At the time, i didn't know who was responsible for those big engineering feats. Now i know. So if Spain could move those huge structures, it would be a cinch for them to move these relatively small temples from Egypt to Spain. One might imagine.
Needless to say, the best time to go there is just before dusk. The photos below should convince you why. Especially if you on a date and want to fall in love with the aid of a daily weather phenomenon. It's free. Both the sunset and the admission to the park, and the love for your other half of the cartwheel (you pay after marriage. It works like a credit card: enjoy now, pay later).
|In the dawn, the Sun's rays will penetrate the temple through the 2 stone slits.|
Why the 2 stone slits? Double slits experiment? The Ancient Alien Theorists say yes! (They always say yes)
Most tourists go to the back of the temple to shoot the setting sun (implying that the temple is facing east, the direction of the rising Sun, which makes perfect sense for an Egyptian temple. Ancient Egyptian religion was based on the Sun because of the dominance of the Sun in the desert. It both gives and destroys lives. The ultimate arbitrator of all living things in Egyptian. So its temple's axis would logically align east-west direction to reflect the rising and setting of the Sun that parallels the cycle of Life and Death). I too went there to join the crowd and shot the sunset away from the temple (who wants to be left behind?).
It's a nice sunset photo, but without any distinguishing features. This could be taken anywhere in the world.
It's slightly more interesting to shoot towards the sunset in front of the water fountain. Oh, you didn't notice there was a fountain?
Don't forget to shoot (or admire) other parts of the park. They too have their own charms and allures.
|Museum Cerralbo located across the street from the Temple|