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Masmak Fortress, Riyadh

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Must see · 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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  • Located in the city center. Bit congested and need to go early to get a parking. Away from the place plenty of parking. Entrance is free. A lots of history and various artifacts in the offer. many...  more »
  • Al Masmak is a must-see for the historical importance to Riyadh and Saudi Arabia. I really enjoyed visiting it. It's an interesting museum about that period in Saudi history, as well as displays of...  more »

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