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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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  • From the outside you can imagine that inside there is much more. Is not of the best preserved fortresses and if add you the heat... bad combination
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  • This is one of the monuments that can be purchased together with the theatre and amphitheatre, it is worth the visit, views of the Roman bridge over the Guadiana river
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  • Apart from strength and exhibition space for many years of Roman finds, highlights the views from the wall of the Guadiana river and its wonderful bridge, and the tank
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