Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, Cordoba

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The ruins of a fortified Islamic medieval palace-city built in the 900s, much of Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico 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 Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018, we saw a shameful situation, when we are waiting for the bus to return after the visya. All the Queuing. Becomes a guide and told customers that they won't do the tail which slip through the door from the back of the bus. They talked to this man to make him understand that a professional can do that, which was a shameful image giving Cordoba, in Andalusia. Reached the bus, said the driver who closed the back door, an entire group was going to sneak through that door, it did nothing and all slipped. People who were expecting is not able to enter, and worst of all, is that this guide makes it usually. Hear comments from tourists, this only for in Spain, in Andalusia consents to all, professionals who skipped the standards of the time to visit. In order that unfortunately the memory I have is the shame to see guides with that behavior. Please which will not be repeated
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  • The archaeological site is spectacular and that there is only a small total excavated area. The interpretation centre is rather poor. A new building with many leaks. The Museum is small and it would be good that they be expanded to better explain the whole. Few parts and sparse explanations. The video showing the recreation of the medina is quite good and clarifier for subsequent visits. Already within the group, could be better explained, with more posters and information. This would make the most complete tour. I would ask for a little organization at the time of the queue for the bus because it bundles.
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  • For my has been a huge disappointment this visit. I so wanted to visit Medina Azahara. And it has been frustrating.
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  • Rather underwhelming really. The layout is a modern museum and visitor center about a kilometer from the actual site. This is laid out well and will be interesting if you're into the history of Islamic Spain. The visitor centre is free to enter and you get a ticket you need to buy a shuttle bus pass (2.50 return) up the the historical site. You then need the ticket to enter the site. There is little guidance around the site and most of it appears to be reconstructed rather than original. The reconstructions, with the exception of the main buildings which have been reconstructed really well, mostly consist of raising the walls higher than the actual ruins. Makes the whole thing feel a little false when you realise most of it modern concrete. There is little actually filling out the ruins to make them interesting, just pretty characterless walls. The big exception is a couple of complexes which have been heavily rebuilt. They are essentially a complete reconstruction as little appears original but they are impressive.
  • The Medina was well worth the trip out of the city. The ruins are incredible. Be aware that if you aren't in Cordoba by 10:30 you will have to take a taxi to the Medina (30-40 euros round trip)
  • Lovely place with lots of historic sights. At the reception they will offer a video to watch which will be very helpful before you visit the site to understand the places. The entry tickets are good priced and there will be additional fees for the bus that will take you up to the site.
  • Beautiful and pieceful place. Could have stayed there forever! First you can enter the very well structured museum and get all the necessary information (there is a big parking space) After that you get to the actual Madīnat az-zahrāʾ with a bus (you have to pay 2,50 EUR, you can't go there with your own car) You can stay there as long as you like since the bus comes regularly to bring new groups of people and pick up others to go back. Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the Arabic history of Spain.
  • Very nice archeological site of the palaces from the old Moorish caliphate . To fully appreciate it, one must first visit the very nice museum before coming up.
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