Alcazaba, Merida

3.9
#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Merida
Alcazaba is the oldest Moorish fortress in Spain, dating back to 835, when Adb ar-Rahman II of Córdoba needed a base from which to command the city after its 805 rebellion. The structure contains even older Roman-Visigothic walls, which Abd ar-Rahman fortified and extended to include 25 lookout towers. He also fortified the Roman reservoir, which filtered water from the Guadiana River to sustain the city during sieges. Descend the steps to the reservoir where you can see this ancient architectural feature while escaping the sun. The building is accessible from the ancient Roman Bridge over the Guadiana--this entrance was historically used to control movement of people and goods into the city. If you're planning to visit other historic monuments in the city, take advantage of the pass that allows visits to multiple sites. Arrange to visit Alcazaba and other attractions in Merida using our Merida trip planner .
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  • Very good restoration preserving the original shape. It would be nice to do more cultural activities to take advantage of the magnificent surroundings. Highly recommended.
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  • The most interesting thing in my opinion was to visit the underground construction that shows how they took water from the river.
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  • Interesting place. Too hot when we were there. Perhaps better at a cooler time of the day
  • Only for real fans of roman history. Just ruins surrounded by walls. However, there is a good view on the roman bridge when you climb a wall. Better visiting this in the morning, because of the sun.
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