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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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  • A place to witness a landmark of the modern Saudi history. The fortress maintains its original shape of mud and brick desert architecture. It contains a moderate amount of exhibits and visuals that il...  more »
  • This is one of the key event sites that founded modern Saudi. It is very interesting and very real. They have not over stated or over developed and you get a true feel of Saudi heritage.  more »
  • There aren't many attractions in Riyadh for a foreigner to see and this one surprised me. It's surprisingly calm and pleasant inside, despite the fact that it is a former fort. The exhibition is nice,...  more »