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Al Musmak Castle
23/08/2008
 
Al Musmak Castle is considered one of the important landmarks in the Kingdom and occupies a prominent place in the history of Riyadh city in particular, as it represents the blessed march that led to the foundation and unification of the Kingdom. This castle is associated with the heroic battle of conquering Riyadh under the leadership of King Abdulaziz on the dawn of the fifth of Sha'aban 1319H.
 
 
 

Musmak means the thick, high, and fortified and was built during the reign of Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Rasheed (1289 -1315H) and was captured by King Abdulaziz in 1319H, corresponding to 1902H. Later, it was used as a depot until it was decided to convert the castle into a heritage landmark that represents a stage in the history of Saudi Arabia. In 1400H, Riyadh Secretariat had prepared a special study to repair Musmak, and then the Ministry of Education (represented in the Assistant Agency for Archeology and Museums) in co-ordination with ArRiyadh Development Authority, has adopted a program to convert this landmark into a museum, to display the stages of the foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz. It was opened in 1416H, corresponding to 1995H under the auspicious of H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh.

 
 
 
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