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Masmak Fortress, Riyadh

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Visit Masmak Fortress, 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 Fortress can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • How remarkably they have maintained and restored this masterpiece. I visited their for a study , indeed a very nice historic site.  more »
  • Masmak Fort is a nice way to learn about the history of Saudi Arabia and the Najd region. The building is beautiful and the explanation of what one can see is good We spend 1 hour in and around. At....  more »
  • The pictures speak for themselves, really interesting stuff and great company. Everyone was dead friendly and accommodating. Fair bit of security as well.  more »

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