La Alcazaba, Badajoz

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The Alcazaba of Badajoz is an ancient Moorish citadel in Badajoz, Extremadura, western Spain. The alcazaba as it now appears was built by the Almohads in the 12th century, although it probably existed from the 9th century, when Badajoz was founded. In the 11th and 12th centuries it was the residence of the rulers of the taifa of Badajoz.It was declared a national monument of Spain in 1931.HistoryBadajoz was founded by Abd-al Rahman Ibn Marwan in 875. After he had led several rebellions, he was expelled by Mérida but was given the chance to found a new city. Here, on a hill commanding the new city, he built a large citadel which granted Badajoz a strategic role in controlling the passage from Portugal to central Iberia.The current line of walls date mostly from the Almohad age, although there are traces of earlier work from 913 and 1030; in 1169 the Almohad caliph Abu Yaqub Yusuf rebuilt the fortress, giving it its current appearance. The last Muslim restoration was carried on by Abu Yahya ibn Abi Sinan in the 13th century, few years before the capture of the city by the Christian King Alfonso IX of Castile.DescriptionThe citadel measures 400x. It is bounded to the north by the Guadiana river and to the east by the Rivillas torrent. The less steep parts of the slopes and other strategically weak points are defended by towers. The whole line of walls features a parapet, while the barbican and the ditch which once added protection have disappeared.
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  • I thought it incredible that this part of the city is so abandoned, the site is spectacular, but it is unfortunate that these things do not care.
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  • Climb up to the Citadel allows you to discover one of the most beautiful areas of the city. Beautiful views.
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  • Although in continuous restoration for several years, much remains to be recovered, and more yet to be excavated. You can tour the entire perimeter, what a good time will be used because it is nearly two kilometers. The views are magnificent and recently has brought to light an archaeological site of the first order, which include parts of the old Royal Palace or fortress. In the General library, which occupies the former military hospital, the old Hall of the throne of the Kings of the taifas can visit.
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  • Interesting place with lots of information dotted along points of the wall, in both Spanish and English. Good prices in the bars even in the main tourist areas.
  • Enjoyed our tour of the walls around the fortress. There are information points along the route, in English. Fantastic views. The pathways are uneven and many deep steps. There is no charge for this attraction.
  • Very interesting place built in 870. Worth the visit and the museum is also a must.
  • We only walked the perimeter & visited the small garden outside. But what we saw looked fascinating!
  • Best place in Badajoz. It's perfect to spend the day during spring/summer on the grass. It also have great views.

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