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Masmak Fortress, Riyadh

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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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  • We visited during the weekend, and apart from not being able to go inside as tyhe doors were locked the walls and grounds were great as was the adjacent souq. 
    We visited during the weekend, and apart from not being able to go inside as tyhe doors were locked the walls and grounds were great as was the adjacent souq.  more »
  • Must see if you are Riyad. Beautiful place with a rich history that is a nice contrast to the sky scrapers in new Riyad 
    Must see if you are Riyad. Beautiful place with a rich history that is a nice contrast to the sky scrapers in new Riyad  more »

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