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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


Autonome regio:





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

Artistieke periode:

Historische periode:
10th century

Praktische informatie


Vanaf 16 Sep tot 31 Mar
Van Dinsdag tot Zaterdag
Van 10:00 tot 18:30

Feestdagen en Zondag
Van 10:00 tot 17:00

Vanaf 01 Apr tot 15 Jun
Van Dinsdag tot Zaterdag
Van 10:00 tot 20:30

Feestdagen en Zondag
Van 10:00 tot 17:00

Vanaf 16 Jun tot 15 Sep
Van Dinsdag tot Zondag
Van 10:00 tot 17:00

Closed: 1 January; 1 May; 25 December.

Sluitingsdagen: Maandag


Algemeen: 1,50€
Leden van de EU: Entree gratis


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