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Masmak Citadel

Al-Bathaa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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First Fort

This building was built around 1865 by the prince of Riyadh Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Zois d
Great little museum and best of all...its free

I spent a couple of hours in here learning about the unification of Saudi. It is a very well laid... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter S
Belfast, United Kingdom
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This renovated 19th-century mud fortress looks like a giant sandcastle, and contains costumes, handicrafts, a sitting room, a courtyard and a well.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Al-Bathaa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This building was built around 1865 by the prince of Riyadh Abdulrahman ibn Sulaiman ibn Dabaan under the reign of Mohammed ibn Abdullah ibn Rasheed, At the beginning of the 1980s, the fort was renovated. Then it became part of the King Abdulaziz Historical Centre,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a couple of hours in here learning about the unification of Saudi. It is a very well laid out museum in the fort and all exhibits are laid out in Arabic and English. Be sure to check the correct times for singles, families,...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice and clean museum. Excellent history of Saudi Arabia plus other information related to the Kings and family .It is free of charge. It is closed to the gold market and open goods market too.

1  Thank Ernesto R
Reviewed 21 October 2017

This fort is so full of history. They even offer you to sit and watch how tradional coffee is made and you get to taste it plus they also give you dates to try.

1  Thank whereverwego
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

It a place where u meet with history of Saudi Arabia and specialy Riyadh history. u should take ride to visit. U will enjoy historical moment.

1  Thank Raffaa K
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Historic site very well kept preserved. You can have a glimpse of an era bygone 100 years. This place was reinstated to mark the 100 years of Saudi Arabia hence it is also called 100 years garden.

1  Thank sayeedglb
Reviewed 29 September 2017

I have been there last august (2017) even if i am in Riyadh since 2 years. This place, is one of the oldest place in Riyadh, so you can appreciate the architecture of the early 20 century and the beautiful Fort. The colours, especially at...More

1  Thank Luigi P
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

It's a must place to see when you visit Riyadh. This place is located in the old city of Riyadh, around 20-30 minutes from Olaya District. It is made of clay and mud-brick, built about 1865. It is now converted into museum. Inside is where...More

1  Thank Eim J
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Beautiful reconstruction of the last fort to built KSA. You can learn a part of history of Saudi Arabia. The neighbourhood is very good to have nice shopping.

Thank domenicoabate
Reviewed 6 September 2017

A good place to visit if you want to know the history of Riyadh. Won't take very long to look round though.

Thank Margaret J
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harish p
4 May 2017|
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Response from A. I | Reviewed this property |
It's free of charge.
12 January 2016|
Response from Mauser1166 |
Sunday to Thursday: Morning: 8 am to noon Evening 4 pm to 9 pm Friday: 4 pm to 730 pm Saturday: 9 am to noon and 40 pm to 730 pm. Men visit on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. Families on Friday and Saturday... More