Archaeological Ensemble of Madinat Al-Zahra, Cordoba

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The ruins of a fortified Islamic medieval palace-city built in the 900s, much of Archaeological Ensemble of 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 Archaeological Ensemble of Madinat Al-Zahra can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The site is as interesting for its content location. The 2 are not memorable but rather contains 2 very interesting doors that are worth the visit alone. The visitor centre has a small Museum (free) also for those who love history.
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  • Told me while in Córdoba that it fails not visiting these ancient ruins, actually not me lured are very well-kept and still looking to discover new findings worth visit them and later the Museum to finish comrener every single one observation if you go don't let the car in the parking lot and pay for the bus you climbing above you have site for parking and you save you the reception of the brus, since the entrance is tropical
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  • Lovely for a wonder around and discovering history. Access is easy and the entry is free, you only pay for the bus ride. Definitely listen to the intro first before going out to the ruins, this makes ...  more »
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  • The restored remains of 10th century Moorish palace north of Cordoba. Free for EU citizens, €1.50 return for bus uphill to site. Some spectacular restored pillars and arches, street layouts, palace and homes all accessible to wander around. Great place.
  • Excellent Moorish site near Córdoba. Well preserved in places, other parts need some imagination but there are interpretive panels to help.
  • Large museum with rich heritage of Madinat Al-Zahara items on display. Also includes a large screen cinema animation with English subtitles
  • Well worth visiting before viewing the ruins. The audiovisual presentation gives life to the buildings with digital reconstructions of a visit by ambassadors to the complex. The museum is free but there is a small charge for a bus to take you to the site. You cannot park at the site itself but there is ample parking at the museum. The museum also has a cafeteria.
  • Absolutely incredible archeological site. Strongly recommend that you hire a guide to better understand what you are seeing.

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