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Archaeological Ensemble of Madinat Al-Zahra

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Address: Carretera Palma del Rio km. 5,5, 14005 Cordoba, Spain
Phone Number: +34 957 10 49 33
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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We visited this site as an afterthought and we're so glad not to have missed it. The museum was wonderful, especially the film showing how the old town was laid out and how... read more

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Nottingham Uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited this site as an afterthought and we're so glad not to have missed it. The museum was wonderful, especially the film showing how the old town was laid out and how visiting ambassadors would have been received. The computer animation was superb and gave a real feeling of life in this town in 950. The bus took us... More 

Thank GirlGaga
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Opeens only in '09, roof in educational centre leaked in more than one place, elevator was vrijen down. Subtitles mobiel sometimes illegible (white on white). City itself looked nice from als distance. We didnot take the obligatory bus, which we find an idiotic system.

Thank Martin v
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in November when the Reception Hall of Abd ar-Rahman III was closed for restoration. We parked at the Norman Foster-designed visitors centre which, presumably being out of season, felt a little empty and sparse but was, never the less, a good introduction to the site. There was no entrance fee (maybe due to the limited access, but I'm... More 

Thank Phil G
Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our time at this site was immeasurably enhanced by the guide from Visitas Guiadas. He explained in great and fascinating detail how and why this palace for a 10th century caliph was constructed as it was so that the site and the culture of that time really came alive for us. It's a lot of walking in the hot sun... More 

Thank MLFWesternMass
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old city build in the 10th century by and for the caliph. It only functioned for 70 years and was destroyed. But the film to show how it was, is very well done

Thank Johannes C
Bala, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rather confusing entrance. You go into a large modern hall to get your ticket, then come out again to catch the shuttle bus up to the site, could be made simpler I think. However, once there it is an amazing archeological site, and a must see for lovers of Islamic architecture. There is still a lot standing, and some lovely... More 

Thank serenagrimaldi
Somerset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We had no idea this existed, but once guided there [in the cool of the day, as it's mostly open] it was fascinating for lovers of history and archaeology. The museum itself is interesting, with animated displays which illuminate how the site was built and decorated and used. Then a bus takes you on the short journey to the site... More 

Thank PandYUk
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

this place is a bit of a drive, best way to get there is time buy a bus ticket from the tourist kiosk at plaza las tendillas (just buy in advance so you can get your preferred time) this is a big site, and except for the museum it's completely outdoors so bring water, comfortable shoes and a hat, I... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This site is well signposted and you have to park at the museum and get the shuttle bus (€2 return and runs every 15 minutes) to the ruins. The museum also has a small shop and cafe and is excellent, a very well laid out history of the site and subsequent destruction and excavations. The shuttle bus to the palace... More 

Thank MarcusHurley
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

If you do not have your own transport you have to buy your bus ticket in advance. This is slightly inconvenient but it is well worth it. The site is very atmospheric and gives a good idea what a Moorish city must have been like. We did not have a guide but had read up about it beforehand. With some... More 

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