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“Important view of Saudi history”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Masmak Citadel

Masmak Citadel
Ranked #3 of 63 things to do in Riyadh
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Owner description: This renovated 19th-century mud fortress looks like a giant sandcastle, and contains costumes, handicrafts, a sitting room, a courtyard and a well.
Doha, Qatar
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118 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Important view of Saudi history”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Well-kept renovated large mud fortress with Saudi explanations of history, how the Saud family took over the whole country. It's free, clean, cool, with interesting historic photos and videos. And it is near the old souk.

Visited March 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Interesting Historic Building - Quick to Tour”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Masmak Citadel is a very historic building in KSA. It is the citadel stormed by King Abd al-Aziz that resulted in the recapture of Riyadh. The building is restored and has a series of exhibits explaining the history and showcasing some of the types of weapons used.

Much like the National Museum, the entrance is a bit hard to find and only marked by a small marker. Admission is free and it is quick to tour. Afterwards, you can walk through the Souk right next to the citadel.

Visited March 2013
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108 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“old fort”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

pretty cute n historic old fort. to go inside, check for times, especially for women. cheap shopping area nearby.

Visited May 2012
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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“good historical place”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

it's a good place, and perfect for people interested in history but there are no restaurants nearby noor places to sit in. there's also no grocery stores or events & activites.

Visited June 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A rare piece of history”
Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Masmak fortress captures the feel of old Arabia. As a preserved piece of history- the actual location of the capture of Riyadh by the young Abdulaziz al Saud- it is a great privilege to visit. There is additional interest in the surrounding sights- the grand Mosque, Deira Souk and Chop Chop Square.

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