Medina Azahara - details and images

Ruins of Medina Azahara is 5 miles from Cordoba. This is a city-palace complex built by Caliph Abd al-Rahman III, the most powerful of the Moorish rulers of Spain. Walk among the ruins of Medina Alhazara. Buried and forgotten in the Sierra Morena for 900 years, this was discovered about 90 years ago and only 10% of the 112 hectare site was excavated and restored. Built at 8 km outside the city, the foothills of Sierra Morena, Medina served as headquarters Alhazara of power for the entire al-Andalus. He was also a personal residence of the caliph and his court.

The largest known city built from scratch in Western Europe, Medina Alhazara is considered "forgotten Versailles of the Middle Ages." Alhazara Medina was built so that followed the contours of the mountain. The complex was divided into three parts: the palace is a lot of fruit and vegetables landscape stretching for the second group and third group were the houses and mosque.

Unfortunately Berber mercenaries occupied the caliphate, when they robbed and pillaged the palace. What remained then was then stolen by people nearby. Piece by piece, the ruins were buried in mud. Soon, the palace was forgotten for 900 years, was excavated in 1911. However, what has been rebuilt in Medina Alhazara definitely worth a trip. You can see the foundation, columns and many paintings. In 1923 Alhazara Medina was declared a national monument.

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