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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  • It’s place must visit. Because it’s has historical value. When I was there, It was pretty late it was still open and entry pass was free . I’m not sure it’s always like that or due to Riyadh Season...  more »
  • This is one of the few sites to take in when visiting Riyadh. The fortress looks like it has been recently restored and is in quite good condition. A few displays inside on various aspects of Saudi...  more »

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