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old Hisham II was named as                                                but no mention of it at the
        Caliph. He is also said to have    “a dazzling series                     museum at Madina al-Zahra.
        destroyed Al-Hakam’s collection                                           The staff at the Córdoba
        or library of ‘ancient science’     of palaces full of                    museum were asked if they
        books. Two years later Hisham’s                                           could expand on the single
        mother who was regent,          treasures never seen                      mention of the name. The
        appointed Abi Aamir to the                                                consensus seemed to be
        position of Hajib, equivalent to a           before”                      that a spelling mistake
        Vizier or Chancellor.                                                     hundreds of years ago
        To consolidate his power Abi                                              sparked off a rumour that
        Aamir is said to have built a                                             grew into a myth that
        palace between 978 and 981 to                       developed into a fact. A minority seemed to think that
        rival that of Madina al-Zahra. Confusingly he is said to   the second city was built and that it then became the                                           Bespoke: Curtains, Blinds, Rollers
        have called it Madinat al-Zahira. Its location is not   seat of government, thus explaining the sudden
        known. Some say it was opposite Madina al-Zahra to   abandonment of Madina al-Zahra around 980.                                                                      Romans and Venetians
        the west of Córdoba, some that it was on the eastern   There are a few references in history books written
        side of Córdoba. Ancient texts claim that Abi Aamir   much later after the event, but they could equally have                 Made
        kept the young Hisham a virtual prisoner in his gilded   been describing Madina al-Zahra or slavishly repeating
        palace effectively ruling Al Andalus in his place. This   previous mentions. The confusion between the two                         to
        undiscovered city is supposed to have been razed at   names continues. Even Wikipedia cross-references                                                                                                        FREE
        the same time as Madinat al-Zahra.                  both spellings, and other travel writers and historians                                                                                               consultation
        There is a reference to this second city, Madinat   have felt free to use either one, adding to the                        Measure                                                                              and
        al-Zahira, in the archaeological museum at Córdoba   confusion and mystery.                                                                                                                                 measuring


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