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. Using our international travel planner, Riyadh attractions like Masmak Citadel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very nice and clean museum. Excellent history of Saudi Arabia plus other information related to the Kings and family .It is free of charge. It is closed to the gold market and open goods market too.  more »
  • I would recommend basthab a book or brochure visiting time because there's no where with those mud cakes Advisor Palace many historical stories and I think most minor items were moved to the Museum in the box
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  • Very nice place for a walk after the era or the morning if weather is cold or at night the view with yellow lighting is very beautiful and is currently developing Deira in General
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