Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Medina Azahara (S, SP)

City Profile Medina-Azahara, SpainBuilt in the 10th Century by Caliph Abd al-Rahman III, the ruins of this majestic Arab city were not discovered until 1911. Located 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Cordoba, it was not a mere pleasure palace for weekend excursions, but the unofficial capital of al-Andalus. The magnificent white city, built in terraces into the hillside at the base of the Sierra Morena with the Caliph's palace at the highest point, was designed to be seen by his subjects and foreign ambassadors for miles.