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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  • From the oldest forts in riyadh region and loyal King Abdulaziz regained the rule of Saudi Arabia and the beginning of the third Saudi state
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  • A definite must-see in Riyadh, down in the older part of town, around the Gold Souk, and very enjoyable on a hot summer night. The history exhibits are well done and I really enjoyed the preservation!  more »
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