The information booklet you are given upon paying your entrance fee at the gate does little to help you figure out what the various structures are for and why they received their names...this building, listed as "House of the Pool" had no pool and no indication of when, or where there had been a pool or other reason for its name. The structures themselves are wonderful and the architecture is fantastic and if the legend is true, this man must have loved his concubine very much to have created such a structure for her.
Fondest memory: http://www.tutorgig.com/ed/Medina_Azahara
http://www.museosdeandalucia.es/cultura/museos/CAMA/ (sorry only in Spanish)
Favorite thing: This was thought to be the main entrance to the city at the time of its highest activity. Even though today you enter from above the city, the Porticio Arches would have provided a perfect entrance from the valley leading up to Medina aZahara.
Favorite thing: I don't remember seeing even a single door or portal that was not done with an arch, some like the House of Yafar as seen in the first photo were multiple arches and very fancy. Others, like those in the stables and bath house were simple and less ornate. But even the most simple were done with attention given to every detail, even the most simple like the last photo of the bathouse you can see the beauty in the lack of perfect symmetry.
Just a few last views to show, the entrance gate leads you to a "lookout" where you can see the Porticio Arches to your left and the Courtyard of the Pillars to your right.
As you descend into the city you pass through the upper residence where you see a single room where part of the marble floor has been replaced sort of haphazardly.
The last photo shows one of the wall murals, again the attention to detail on these hand made designs and the accuracy of the recurring design almost makes it look machine made.