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Carretera de Palma del Río Km. 5,5
14071  Córdoba, Cordoba  (Andalusia)
Tel.:+34 957352874
Tel.:+34 957104933
Fax.:+34 957352867


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The city of the caliphs

It was built at the wish of the Caliph Abd-al Rahman III, using the money bequeathed to him by his favourite concubine, Al-Zahra.

It is a city with an area of 112 hectares, and was intended to be the capital of a new province of the Caliphate of Cordoba; ultimately, however, the sacking of the palace-city led it to be remembered as Old Cordoba. The Caliph Abd al-Rahman III was a great promoter of culture and a skilful politician who transformed his dominions into the most prosperous lands in the West at the time, comparable only with Baghdad and Byzantium. The city of Medina Azahara has a practically rectangular floor plan. It was built on raked terraces which made use of the slope of the mountainside. Each terrace was separated from the others by walls, which divided the city into three parts. The Alcázar Real palace is located on the highest and intermediate levels, while the lower part stood outside the walls and was used for dwellings and the mosque. There are still remnants of tiled borders, paintings and columns in the composite and Corinthian styles. Visitors should not miss a visit to the two recently restored rooms. It was declared a National Monument in 1923.

To conclude the visit, the archaeological site also has a visitor centre which serves as a starting point for the tour. The centre is located underground in the style of an archaeological site, and features a collection of exhibits from the most important periods in the history of Medina Azahara. The tour of the visitor centre lasts about one hour and includes audiovisual shows, and continues with a visit to the archaeological site (which can be reached by bus from the same building).

City / settlement excavation site

Artistic period:

Historic period:
10th century

Practical information


From Sep 16 to Mar 31
From Tuesday to Saturday
From 10:00 to 18:30

Public holidays and Sunday
From 10:00 to 17:00

From Apr 01 to Jun 15
From Tuesday to Saturday
From 10:00 to 20:30

Public holidays and Sunday
From 10:00 to 17:00

From Jun 16 to Sep 15
From Tuesday to Sunday
From 10:00 to 17:00

Closed: 1 January; 1 May; 25 December.

Closing days: Monday


General: €1,50
EU members: Admission free


Cafe, Conference room, Guided tours, Shop specialised library, teaching room, restoration workshops and research areas