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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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  • The old Muslim fortress is located a few metres from the Roman bridge. The most interesting are the views offered by the Guadiana as it passes through Merida, as well as some notions about the major historical events that have that took place within its walls.
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  • it impresses by its strength and beauty, built on Roman walls, the place next to the Roman bridge and gate of the old city is of great beauty.
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  • Maybe the view over the river an architectural complex that teaches little about three times Roman, Visigoths and Arabs. Deficit posters. The truth that could give much more than itself.
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