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In this article, you will find out everything you need to enjoy your visit to Medina Azahara, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2018, crowning Córdoba as the city with the most World Heritage Sites in the world.
Medina Azahara, or Madīnat al-Zahrā by its original name (literally, "The shining city"), is an ancient palatial city on the outskirts of Córdoba. The Caliph of Córdoba Abd-al Rahman III ordered its construction in the year 936, less than a century before the end of the caliphate.
Caliph Abd al-Rahman III conceived the city as a symbol of power, with the intention of showing the superiority of his caliphate to his political and religious opponents.
Unfortunately, it was destroyed and looted not much later by the Berbers, between the years 1010 and 1013, in the context of a civil war that put an end to the Caliphate of Córdoba.
The ruins were buried for almost a millennium until the excavations began in 1911. The city extends over 112 hectares, of which only a third has yet been excavated.
The city is 8 km from Córdoba, so you will have to take a vehicle. You can get there in several ways:
You can visit Medina Azahara from Tuesday to Sunday. The complex has 4 different schedules throughout the year:
The night visits are only to the excavation site (not the museum) and are only available in summer:
Medina Azahara is a complex with a fascinating history that belongs to one of the most decisive periods in Spanish history. A hallmark of Córdoba and Andalusia that evidences its Muslim past and enriches the incredible heritage of this beautiful place.
Come and visit Medina Azahara and discover all the secrets and history of this magnificent city. In order not to miss anything, we recommend that you have the help of a professional guide who will ensure that you enjoy your visit to the fullest.