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Masmak Citadel

Al-Bathaa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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History of King Abdulaziz reclaiming the city

The castle is well restored and provides good commentary in each room, which brings the place... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jan B
Norfolk, United Kingdom
History of Saudi Kingdom

Nice place to visit. It's difficult to find a parking though. Tells you about saudi history and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Al-Bathaa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is well restored and provides good commentary in each room, which brings the place alive, regarding his taking over the castle, and thus the city, with his associates. It is well worth visiting. There are shops and cafes nearby to get a drink...More

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to visit. It's difficult to find a parking though. Tells you about saudi history and different waves of kingdoms here. Not very big though. Lot of artifacts from the past on display.

Thank BhanuChauhan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this beautiful historic monument in the heart of the modern bustling metro of riyadh.One sees the beautiful exhibits and is taken back in time,to the time of the legendary King Abdul Aziz,the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Its sprawling campus with the marketing...More

Thank Sudhir Kumar C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a place worth visiting. Particular for those interested in the history of any country and nation.

Thank Vitaly_Bikboulatov
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Knowing the place and coming several times, it is both historic, nice, with shopping areas and the SOUKH. A great experience to come, walk around, see ships and people, eat and drink and staying for a couple of hours. Must see....

Thank JuergenS001
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place during the Holy Month.We arrived at 7pm after a long drive as the roads are mostly closed due to monorail construction that is ongoing there at the moment.We had to wait until 8 pm to get in(we learned later that it...More

Thank ERYNN2013
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

My friends and I popped into the Citadel early evening for just over an hour. It has some interesting exhibits and films in both Arabic and English explaining how Saudi was united at in the early 20th century and the royal family a chance to...More

Thank KTRutland
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

So in love with this place. Reading so much about it and now here it is. Amazing attention to the details with very friendly staff to guid you. It's nice to know how actually Saudi is rich in history and in a very nice way...More

Thank Ag B
Reviewed 7 June 2017

its a ruler castle a century ago , its first place to visit in center of city telling history of beginning of kingdom history.

Thank this007
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

A must to visit, I would recommend visiting the masmak at night ( masmak is fort) , it gives an overview about the history of riyad over the past decades, well maintained place after the visit there is a walkway to the right of the...More

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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.
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