If you want a peek at historic Riyadh then this is it. This little advertised fort is just next to chop-chop square, another must-see, and the rather run-down "old souk" where you can bargain for tatty carpets and jewellery.
The fort is perfectly restored with true-to-original construction materials, namely mud and wattle, or straw. Exposed interior beams are wooden branches, etc. The displays are interesting and nicely lit and spaced, without overwhelming the senses. A guard at the entrance will point out the famous spear head buried in the front gate - it's hard to find otherwise. Only drawback is the timings: due to prayer times you may be asked to leave before completing your tour, which needs 45min - 1 hour. And keep in mind there are separate entrance times for families and for singles (who here like elsewhere are given fewer options). However if like us you have one adult female amongst several adult males, none of whom are related, they will allow you to visit during 'family' time.
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