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Alcazaba, Merida

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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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  • It is not the most interesting thing I've seen, but still it is worth to see it. Climbing the walls the views of the river and the Roman bridge are extraordinary
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  • The best: the wall with views of the river and bridges and the water tank. Just why it is visiting the monument. With the purchase of the joint entry you can visit the most important monuments at least enough that buying loose entries.
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  • The best, the aljibe. is impressive. The wall offers good views, but the rest almost disappeared. A big solar
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