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Masmak Citadel

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Address: Al-Bathaa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Description: This renovated 19th-century mud fortress looks like a giant sandcastle...
This renovated 19th-century mud fortress looks like a giant sandcastle, and contains costumes, handicrafts, a sitting room, a courtyard and a well.
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Very good for Riyadh

Look your in Saudi Arabia, so not expecting a lot from a tourist point of view. For a day out this is nice and you get some photos, visit the souks that are around the citadel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Look your in Saudi Arabia, so not expecting a lot from a tourist point of view. For a day out this is nice and you get some photos, visit the souks that are around the citadel, visit the square ( known to foreigners as Chop Chop. You should be happy after this 2 hour or so adventure. Not great by... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Centrally located attraction next to an interesting souk. With parking! Well laid out for a visit of around 30 minutes and fairly photogenic.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Masmak is a nice place to visit, and its unbelievable to see the near perfect condition it's in considering it's been there for approximately 700 years. There is a photo of the royal family hanging on the wall that shows the current king when he was approximately four years old. It is in a very convenient location next to a... More 

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egypt
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I visited Masmak citadel for the first time, and I have to say that it was delightful, since it seems that it has been rennovated recently, and i considered a crash course in the history of Saud arabia. Moreover, the area surrounding the castle is worth a walk at night especially during the eight month non summer weather in Riyadh

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Astana, Astana, Kazakhstan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The conference organizers took our group to this historic site one evening. Definitely worth visiting - especially since there aren't as many other non-mall attractions in Riyadh. I feel like exhibits could be organized in a more engaging manner, but nevertheless, the fortress itself is a very interesting place and important to the history of KSA. I loved the inner... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you want to get an idea of the history of Saudi Arabia and its population this small museum is the perfect place to go. The collection is small but tells the story well and there are signs in English throughout that make it very accesible.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This totally renovated area use to be the heart of old city of Riyadh.They did a good job in preserving the area as it use to be over 100 years ago. If you visit Masmak you will know a lot about the history of Saudi Arabia.

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Worcester
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The fort offers a fascinating display of artefacts and a well organised explanation of the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Excellent choice for a rapid culture dive when on a short business trip. After the fort visit, walk west by the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque or the Alhekm Palace.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

nice historical place to visit, link a story of town, only for those whom interested in history or local culture

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Senior Contributor
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19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Beautiful Fort Masmak,well maintain and a lot history of the Saudi Family.A small museum but content a good history of King Saud Family and leading to the birth of Saudi Arabia.Some collection of sword,gun and cannon also still there.

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