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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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  • This area is a part of the many ruins in Merida and is very influenced by the Moors. It's rougher than the other city ruins, but definitely paints a picture of life thousands of years ago. Not to be m...  more »
  • Right at the Puente Romano. Part of the combo ticket. Nice view from the upper wall. Built by the Muslims around 800.  more »
  • We started our tour of historic buildings here and bought the ticket which includes all major attractions, avoiding thus the long queues at the Roman Theatre. The Alcazaba is not that spectacular, may...  more »

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