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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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  • The Fort in the heart of Riyadh is a inseparable part of modern day Saudi Arabia, as its from here that the start of modern Saudi Arabia can be described when the King initiated the unification of the...  more »
  • This is a nice place to visit, and sort of fits in nicely with what is experienced at the National Museum. 
  • This fort provides a good oversight of the Riyadh. Plenty of information (available in English) and artefacts. Has an excellent gift shop. Next to the fort is a local souk - which is worth seeing. Wen...  more »