What to do in Cordoba: Medina Azahara

January 5, 2019

The third and last tourist sightseeing we did in Cordoba, was actually outside the town. Just eight kilometres west of Córdoba stands what's left of Medina Azahara, the sumptuous palace-city built by Caliph Abd ar-Rahman III in the 10th century. The entrance is free of charge, all you have to do is park, buy the ticket for the bus (€2.50) and wait for the bus to take you up. It’s only a 5-minute drive, so don’t worry if you have to stand up. The fortified Moorish medieval palace-city, that is also an UNESCO heritage since 2018, is really impressive, 

 

This city was the most beautiful example of the al-andalus splendor. According to the legend it emerged from a love story, and another story, of wars, destroyed it when it only had 70 years. The legend had a beautiful and tragic ending. The existence of Medina Azahara was as intense as brief. Just like the fragrance and life of the flower it was named after.  

 

More info:

www.medinaazahara.org

 

 

 

 

 

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