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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Medina Azahara Tour from Cordoba
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If you're interested in history and architecture, then this is a definite must see

We read about the 'lost' city near Córdoba and decided to drive up there. There's a wonderfully laid out information centre with all kinds of artefacts from the 10th century when... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We read about the 'lost' city near Córdoba and decided to drive up there. There's a wonderfully laid out information centre with all kinds of artefacts from the 10th century when this Medina was built. You can read more about the city in the information centre, word of warning though, most is in Spanish ;-) For EU citizens admission is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a tour on a Sunday as there was nothing else open that we wanted to see. (Note to self - don't go to small towns expecting to see attractions on a Sunday) Our tour guide has lived in Cordoba all his life and his story-telling and knowledge of not only this site but Cordoba and the South of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The movie is great as it shows how the town was at its prime, however it was only In spanish and the lady at the entrance didnt tell us the subtitled version wasnt available. We paid about 1.50€/person for the entrance of the ruins and about 2€ for the bus which u have to ride to access the archeological site... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Did not see much or any of the remains but saw a sight which was supposed to be the place of the once living city and saw a 15 min video about the history of the place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

If you have an interest in Spain's Moorish past then this site is a must see. When I planned this visit whilst in Seville, the various instructions for visiting the site seemed daunting, but it is relatively easy. 1. get to Cordoba by rail, and go to the information kiosk at the top of the escalator from the platform -... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Although the remains are still being uncovered and there is not that much to see I would say that it's worth a visit while you're there. I had booked an English language tour (through the same tourist office that you book the bus ticket from) and had assumed I would be with a group of English speaking tourists. What happened... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Got the bus ticket from the tourist office near the roman bridge. Had difficulty in locating the Bus stop at the end of Avenida Conde, which has a sign post! Make sure you locate this in advance . We were correctly told to look for the yellow bus which collected us at 11 am and collected us later at 14... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 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 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 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 

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