Talk:Medina Azahara

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I've revised a bit the style, which was fitting more a magazine than an encyclopedia, and removed some POV, as well as the use of "miles" for articles in countries where such out of date units are not used. --'''Attilios''' (talk) 13:36, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

del puerto[edit]

That should read 112 hectares in the intro - not sites. Del puerto (talk) 16:08, 28 May 2010 (UTC)


A reference to the second city Madinat al-Zahira is in the archaeological museum at Cordoba and I was surprised that no reference was made to it at the museum at Madinat al-Zahra ( the official Junta de Andalucia spelling of the site name). On returning to the Cordoba museum I asked staff there if they could expand on the single mention of the name. The consensus seemed to be that a spelling mistake hundreds of years ago sparked off a rumour that grew into a myth that developed into a fact. A minority seemed to be of the opinion that the second city was built and that it then became the seat of government thus explaining the sudden abandonment of Madinat al-Zahra around 980.

Subsequently I have found a few references in history books written much later after the event but they could equally have been describing Madinat al-Zahra or slavishly repeating previous mentions. The confusion between the two names continues. Even Wikipedia cross references both spellings and other travel writers and historians have felt free to use either one, adding to the confusion and mystery.

A source is needed for the original statement above "On becoming the Hajib (Chamberlain to the Caliph) he decided to build a palace city for himself, which, if not more, was as beautiful as Medina Azahara built by Abd-ar-Rahman III". NicholasCraig (talk) 05:45, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

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