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Arab fortress

  • Alcazaba citadel in Mérida © Turespaña

    Alcazaba citadel in Mérida © Turespaña

  • Alcazaba citadel in Mérida © Turespaña

    Alcazaba citadel in Mérida © Turespaña

  • Alcazaba citadel in Mérida © Turespaña

    Alcazaba citadel in Mérida © Turespaña

  

Category

Arab citadel

Date

9th century

Style

Andalusi
Paseo de Roma, s/n.
06800 Mérida
Badajoz, Extremadura
Badajoz

Telephone+34 924004909

Fax+34 924004916

E-mailvisitas@consorciomerida.org

Websitehttp://www.turismomerida.org/que-ver/alcazaba-arabe

An imposing military complex

In the interior it still conserves remnants dating from the Roman, Visigoth and Arab periods. It was built by Abderramán II to prevent attacks from the outside, and internal rebellions.

The fortress has a square floor plan with granite ashlars and walls with square strongholds. After the Reconquest it was donated to the Order of Santiago, who added towers and other Medieval constructions in order to adapt it for use as a convent and residence. The Roman water cistern, with its barrel vault roof, can still be seen in the parade ground; it was located by the river to ensure a constant flow of water, and is reached by a flight of steps. Site of the Regional Government of Extremadura.

Practical information

Timetables

 

Apr 01 to Sep 30

Monday to Sunday

Does not close at midday

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

 

Oct 01 to Mar 31

Monday to Sunday

Does not close at midday

9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Rates

 

General: €6

Reduced: €3

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