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The ruins of a fortified Islamic medieval palace-city built in the 900s, much of Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra has been excavated and restored, including aristocratic residences, public baths, a court complex, and a mosque. Begin with a visit to the museum to learn more about this ancient site with exhibits and an audio-visual presentation. Then head to the museum’s viewing platform for your first glimpse of the site. A bus will take you from the museum to the ruins. Several companies offer guided tours of the site, which should be booked in advance. Using our international travel planner, Cordoba attractions like Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Tours To Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra
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Duration: 6 hours
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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra Reviews
This is an archaeological site of an Arab town that existed for only 70 years; then it fell into disrepair and was looted. It was a vanity project for a calif out of love for his mistress, according..... more »
Impressive ruins but I must alert you that the mail highlight, the throne pavilion, is closed for restauración. Nobody knows when it will reopen. more »
Avoid going before scheduled closing. We arrived at 1 pm and was advised at the ticket office to visit the site first (as the shuttle bus between museum and site was running late) and to return to the museum when we returned from the site. We went to the site, which was well worth seeing. When were returned to the museum and ticket office it was 2.35 pm with the site closing at 3 pm. We went to the museum and was told it would close in 20 minutes, which was fine. However, as another set of visitors entered (less than a minute later) they were told it closes in 10 minutes. The steward then started shutting up areas of the museum so we could only see the first display and as a I was the last in the museum (at 2.45) I dashed out as the doors were closing. My advice to the site management is to clearly specify if the museum opening times are different to the site. To future visitors I advise planning to leave the site 30 minutes before the advertised closing.
Such an overwhelming place, thinking about the history and the events that occurred in this place is mind blowing with the remain of the rooms, corridors and the main halls. We had a chat with security guards (a lovely lady called Theresa) she got emotional telling us about the history and how proud she was. She was really helpful and passionate that we all were impressed with her warm chat. The website says that visits ends at 13:00 but actually you can catch the assigned coach at 19:00 to go to the place and then every 10 min (I have posted a photo of their opening hours). The only downside in our visit was that we were not able to visit 90% of the site, they said that the rest should be open next year. There is a a video about the site inside next to the car park were you catch the coach. It is a very informative video which you can also watch on YouTube including checking the remains and stuff recovered from Alzahraa and surrounding.
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