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Alcazaba, Merida
(3.2/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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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  • When you enter it you realize everything that had to be in its boom time. It has a very good view over the river
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  • There is not much information, but has a strong point, the views of the Roman bridge from the walls. The descent into the pit is also curious. If it is very hot it can be exhausting...
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  • Gives a vision of the Roman bridge. Part of the package of 15 euros to meet all sights of Mérida. Nothing exceptional.
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