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Hegira 437–73 / AD 1046–81; part of the Torre del Trovador dates from the AH 3rd / AD 9th century, pre-Hud era, Taifa kingdom of Banu Hud
This is the only palace from the Taifa period that has retained its main elements: a large central rectangular courtyard with pools on the short sides in front of porticoes leading to the rooms. Built on the banks of the Ebro River as a recreational residence, its original name was the palace of joy, although it has always been known as al-Ya’fariya (Aljafería) after its founder Abu Ya’far.
The interior decoration was inspired by the art of the Caliphate of Córdoba, although a taste for exuberance gave rise to a baroque combination of interlaced poly-lobed and mixtilinear arches