Alcazaba is the oldest Moorish fortress in Spain, dating back to 835, when Adb ar-Rahman II of Córdoba needed a base from which to command the city after its 805 rebellion. The structure contains even older Roman-Visigothic walls, which Abd ar-Rahman fortified and extended to include 25 lookout towers. He also fortified the Roman reservoir, which filtered water from the Guadiana River to sustain the city during sieges. Descend the steps to the reservoir where you can see this ancient architectural feature while escaping the sun. The building is accessible from the ancient Roman Bridge over the Guadiana--this entrance was historically used to control movement of people and goods into the city. If you're planning to visit other historic monuments in the city, take advantage of the pass that allows visits to multiple sites. Using our world travel planner, Merida attractions like Alcazaba can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 20, 2017
    It is well preserved and the wall is stunning. There are charming places and which are a real surprise as the pond.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Apart from the cistern, and the view on the Roman bridge it is expensive for the lack of maintenance and information
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  • August 15, 2017
    Mérida, heritage of humanity, but very dirty and decuidada; with many dog droppings and dirt streets. The monuments are wonderful but are bad care, also neglected monuments informational posters. It is a pity, monuments worth much, but the City State does not call the tourism.
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