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Archaeological Ensemble of Madinat Al-Zahra

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Carretera Palma del Rio km. 5,5, 14071 Cordoba, Spain
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth going to. The site itself is impressive, but the visitor center/museum is truly great, especially the orientation film and other holographic exhibits.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jerome B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an important archaeological site and clearly work is ongoing to present the site in its best light. Entrance is free to EU citizens and there is a modern museum adjoining the car park which is 2kms from the archaeological ruins. There is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go early. There are buses from cordoba centre, the trip is like 30 minutes. The buss brings you to the museum site. Almost a must to watch the video, 20 minutes. Bit it explains the site. After this you take the bus to the archeological...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 996stijns
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

I get to see it this time. It’s a short drive from the city center to the museum, that gives a good run down the site. It’s very well designed too. From here, you have to take a bus to the site, which is impressive....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HockLye
Reviewed November 4, 2018

For a brief (75 year) period, this was the palace site of the local caliph. Excavation has been going on for some time. As archaeological excavations go, it is ok. It wasn't as interesting to us or as spectacular as some of the better Greek,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Madīnat al-Zahrā', was an Umayyad residence between the tenth and eleventh centuries B.C.. The archaeological site is located at the foot of the Sierra Morena, about 5 km west of Cordoba. It is not necessary to book, but if you are in a group, preferably...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Carranto67
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Highly recomme d this place to help one understand moorish history in spain. More excavations needed and more description of historic area

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

We turned up at 3pm on a Tuesday, which is during opening hours. There was no way to access the visitors centre and no sign of a bus - just of other confused tourists. After waiting until 3.30pm, we left.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 328rachelh
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

A few K.M outside the city centre theres a very modern visiter centre with a museum shop and cafe.make sure you watch the 15 or so min film in the centres cinema that shows you what life was like in the city and gives you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ThewanderingLoiner
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Small museum with some very nice exhibits. Built on top of the ruins of a Roman theatre makes for an interesting and well laid out exhibition. Well worth a visit and free to EU passport holders. One of the many cultural sights across Europe that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 25, 2018|
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Response from Jan H | Reviewed this property |
We got a private tour because we were the only English speaking people that day but it was only a general historical overview not a specialized archeological tour.
July 13, 2018|
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Response from Julie B | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Our guided tour took half a day.
May 31, 2018|
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Response from imrm1984 | Reviewed this property |
Only just found this. Go to the Tourist Office in , I think Plaza Tendillas. They sell bus tickets. They also tell you where to get the bus. Well worth visiting