Casa de Ya´Far Medina Azahara. Cordoba. Spain. - Medina al-Zahra is one of the most unique and important complexes of early Islamic architecture in the Iberian Peninsula, and has greatly influenced later Spanish Islamic architectural styles. Built into the natural slope of a hill so as to create greater height and to have a better view of the neighboring city of Córdoba, Medina al-Zahra represents one of the most important Islamic centers of the time.