Medina Azahara

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Greatest city in Europe - but not for long Aug 31, 2010
There are various spellings of Medina Azahara but they are all the same place if they are in Spain. Spain was invaded by Arabs in the 7th century CE. Initially Al Andalus (Andalucia) was subservient to north Africa but. after the fall of the reigning dynasty in Arabia, in the 10th century Abdul Rahman III declared himself the only true Cailiff and declared Andalucia inependent.

At this time Cordoba was capital of Moorish Spain. Abdul Rahman decided on a new and magnificent city to emphasise the importance of his Cailiffate and Medina Azahara was built. The building took 25 years and used one third of Cordoba's total revenue for the period. The city was probably the most magnificent anywhere - but only existed for about 65 years until it was largely destroyed. it then became buried and forgotten.

Now about a tenth of the submerged city has been excavated and can be viewed. Much is very decorative and gives a good ide of what must have been there. Some, such as the mosque, are just foundations. It is possible to visit on a tourist bus from Cordoba at 11.00 daily. Hotels are happy to book.
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