Masmak Citadel, Riyadh

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Visit Masmak Citadel, a 19th-century fort, known for being the place where Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, reconquered Riyadh in 1902. The historic fortification was built out of clay and brick in 1865, and today houses a museum, a part of the King Abdulaziz Historical Center. Take a tour of the building, restored in the 1980s, and admire a collection of traditional costumes and relics. Keep your eyes peeled for part of a spear that was thrown during the raid and remains lodged in the gate today. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Masmak Citadel by using our Riyadh trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I dont think it's a place you should visit repeatedly due the sun heatness in Saudi Arabia. Although its a great session of history and culture about the kingdom. Beautiful space around it, needs a bi...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The archaeological areas of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh city, surrounded by the markets to Batha district centralisation
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  • August 9, 2017
    Masmak Fort is a lovely place located in the south of Riyadh. I went there with my family and we went for an adventure of history architecture and everything about Riyadh. If you love history a guaran...  more »

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