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Masmak Citadel

Al-Bathaa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Excellent displays

This fort is the iconic site of the battle that gave birth to the Saudi nation. The displays are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Masmak Fort - Riyadh

Masmak Fort represent the recent culture in the area but also is a focal point in history of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marina G
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

This fort is the iconic site of the battle that gave birth to the Saudi nation. The displays are excellent and highly informative, and tell the story very well. Highly recommended.

Thank BritPaul
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Masmak Fort represent the recent culture in the area but also is a focal point in history of Riyadh. The word 'masmak' means strong, thick and fortified which is a perfect description of this fort. The castle was constructed during Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Rasheed's...More

Thank Marina G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Masmak is one of oldest historical area in the center of Riyadh the capital city of Saudi Arabia , very nice to visit either alone or with family so kids can look at the history of riyadh .

Thank bangkoklover594
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Step back in time and take a look at how things were around the turn of the century. A beautifully laid out and outfitted museum that tells the story of the beginnings of Riyadh and the history of Saudi Arabia. The halls are lined with...More

Thank Randy K
Reviewed 14 January 2018

This was a great way to learn about the history of how modern Saudi Arabia formed from the time time of its first ruler. The Masmak Citadel is free to enter and is well maintained to provide visitors with a easy to follow learning experience....More

Thank Travelbug155004
Reviewed 3 January 2018

But I seemed to get more attention than the artifacts LOL it was interesting seeing all the old stuff, and the history The natives often wanted to get thir photos with me, LOL I dont know why but I saw no other interational visitors,

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 26 December 2017

We had a wonderful visit to Masmak in Riyadh. It is located on Al Imam Turky Ibn Abdullah Ibn Muhammed street in Ad-Dira, Riyadh, the Masmak Fort is one of the main attractions for visitors and students alike. Not only does the Fort represent the...More

Thank vip_0011
Reviewed 22 December 2017

parking here is bad but if you get parking, then it is a nice historical visit and learning experience of the area. Make your trip a full morning and do shopping and go to clock tower area.

Thank TravelerJim1973
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Nice place to show the old castle where King Abdulaziz first time entering Riyadh to start his journey to united Saudi. You need to check the opening time as well as I recommend to not go by your car as there is difficulty in parking.

Thank abdullahf529
Reviewed 20 December 2017

We did the 4-hour scientific tour, with English speaking tour guides, dinner and a tour of the local market. This was excellent, and a great way to get a flavor of Saudi history and culture. The group puts a ton of effort into helping people...More

Thank DiveProf
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4 May 2017|
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Response from A. I | Reviewed this property |
It's free of charge.
13 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