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Medina Azahara – Cordoba

8 kilometers from the city of Cordova, at the foot of the mountains, is the city-palace of Medina Azahara (Madinat Al-Zahra) which was the seat of government and caliphate residence. Abd al-Rahman III He made her build with the legacy of her favorite, albra, in the year 936.

Door in Medina Azahara

Built on 112 terraced hectares suitable for the mountain, in its high part it housed the palaces, in the Middle area, the orchards and gardens. The Low zone It was occupied by the main mosque, houses and workshops. In its splendor it could accommodate about 12,000 people.

Photo: Justojosemm

Photo: Justojosemm

It was enlarged and embellished successively, but before reaching one hundred years it was attacked and destroyed by the Berbers. Of that splendor only the Rico Hall that could be reconstructed with the materials found and that shows us its harmony and beauty. Built with materials such as white marble, ebony, precious stones and ivory.

Photo: Luis García

Photo: Luis García

At present it has not finished digging and there are only 10 hectares rescued, but it has not lost the ability to awaken our dreams and imagination.

To get there, you have to go through the Palma del Río road (A-431) or from the station buses a direct one leaves, with € 6.50 round trip ticket.
The schedule It is from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. entry It is free for EU citizens, and € 1.50 for other visitors.

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