Cortijo Alamiriya

 
Catalogue
Andalusian Gardens
City
Cordoba
Country
Spain
Dates
ca. 980 ca. 1010
Authors
Antonio Almagro;
Luis Ramón-Laca

Description

This estate is located 9 km west of Córdoba at the foot of the mountains and at the same height as al-Madinat al-Zahra’. The palace has been identified with al-Munyat al-Rummaniyya, based on a caliphal text recording that the slave Durri offered it as a gift to al-Hakam II. The pool, a remarkable piece of Ummayad ashlar work with a capacity of 4,000 cubic meters, was filled with water taken from the Guadarromán stream. The site was excavated by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, who found the remains of a summer house similar to a layout also seen at al-Madinat al-Zahra’. The house stood at the top of three terraces sloping down toward the Guadalquivir. The upper terrace now has orange trees and the lower two are used for grazing bulls.

It can be assumed that the estate was destroyed at the same time as al-Madinat al-Zahra’ in 1010.

 


Antonio Arjona Castro, Anales de Córdoba musulmana, 162.

Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, Arte del califato de Córdoba, 20–24.

 

Sources

  • Archaeological Analysis, 20th century
  • Court Chronicle, 10th and 11th centuries
Catalogue
Andalusian Gardens
City
Cordoba
Country
Spain
Dates
ca. 980 ca. 1010
Authors
Antonio Almagro;
Luis Ramón-Laca