In 711 AD, a new era began Valencia linked to Islamic culture. The Medina began to grow in during the age of the Caliphate and achieved great development. In 1010 AD, the Medina became the capital of an independent Taifa kingdom.
El Cid took Balansiya in the late 11th century AD, but Almoravid Muslim rule was reinstated soon after his death in 1102 AD. From 1171 AD, Balansiya was governed by the Almohad Caliphate until 1238 AD, when it capitulated and became a Christian domain in the hands of Jaime I the Conqueror.