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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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  • My friends and I popped into the Citadel early evening for just over an hour. It has some interesting exhibits and films in both Arabic and English explaining how Saudi was united at in the early 20th...  more »
  • So in love with this place. Reading so much about it and now here it is. Amazing attention to the details with very friendly staff to guid you. It's nice to know how actually Saudi is rich in history ...  more »
  • its a ruler castle a century ago , its first place to visit in center of city telling history of beginning of kingdom history.  more »