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- Alcazaba Fortress
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- Early Medieval (500AD-1000AD)
- 800AD - 899AD
- Merida Roman Circus, Merida Cathedral,
Merida Roman Theatre, Merida Amphitheatre,
about Alcazaba Fortress
The Alcazaba Fortress of Merida was a stronghold built in approximately 835 AD, during the reign of Abd al-Rahman II. This commanding ninth century structure with its twenty five bastions remains today, albeit with medieval additions and renovations.
The Alcazaba Fortress of Merida also has characteristics typical of other civilisations, notably the Visigoths, indicating that it may have been constructed earlier.
Very little remains of the original interior within the ten-metre high walls of Alcazaba Fortress, though an original well has survived. The ruins of several Roman buildings can also be seen. Overall, this is considered to be an important site, not least because there are few remains from this era in the area.
The Alcazaba Fortress of Merida is grouped as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida.
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Address: Plaza del Rastro, 06800 Mérida, Spain
Phone: +34 924317309
Merida is 60km from Badajoz.
The Alcazaba Fortress is open daily 9:30am-2pm and 4pm-7:30pm (to 6:30pm Oct-March). Closed 1 Jan and 24, 25, 31 Dec. Entry €4 (free for under 8s). Combined tickets to Merida’s historic sites €9.
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