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Medina Azahara: what's to know
Medina Azahara is the largest archaeological site in Andalusia and Spain.
It houses the ruins of the ancient city of Madīnat al-Zahrā '("the brilliant city"), capital of the Arab Caliphate. It was built by Abd-ar-Rahman III, the first Umayyad caliph of Córdoba, in 936, as symbol of his power.
The city was destroyed in 1013, but it is still possible to admire the ruins of the caliphate residence, a vast medieval fortified palace in Moorish style.
It is located 8 km away from Cordoba, in the Sierra Morena, and it has recently been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Where it is Medina Azahara
Address:Ctra. Palma del Río, km 5.5 ES 14005 - Cordoba ( Córdoba )
From April 1st to June 30th
From Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 to 21:00; Sundays and holidays from 09:00 to 15:00
From 1 July to 15 September
Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00; Sundays and holidays from 09:00 to 15:00
Night visits: Tuesday to Saturday from 19:00 to 24:00.
From September 16th to March 31st
Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00 Sunday and holidays from 09:00 to 15:00.
Night visits: from 16 to 30 September only on Saturday from 6 pm to 10 pm