One of the most-visited attractions
of Saudi Arabia, the Old Dir'aiyah at Riyadh is a magnificent historical site.
Located on the outskirts of northwestern Riyadh,
the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia, the Old Dir'aiyah is a must-see
for every tourist.
An erstwhile ruler of the Al Saud clan built the Old
Dir'aiyah in the year 1466. This fortress was the residence and stronghold of
the ruling family of Saudi Arabia until the early 20th century.
Finally, when King Abdulaziz decided to shift his headquarters to Riyadh, the
Old Dir'aiyah was left completely neglected.
In 1974, the ruling government
decided to restore the Old Dir'aiyah, an important symbol of the history
of Saudi Arabia. After restoration it has become a fascinating sight.
Tourists on tours
of Saudi Arabia should visit the Old Dir'aiyah, Riyadh for its opulence and
architectural beauty. The fortress has a maze of walls that enclose a number of
magnificent palaces. There are houses lined all along the walls.
yet appealing, the Old Dir'aiyah at Riyadh is a delight for photographers. And
fortunately, photography is more than welcome here - as the signboards insist.
The Old Dir'aiyah, Riyadh is adorned with intricately carved wooden doors
and doorways. After
restoration work, the walls have been coated with plastic resin that is glistens
when sunrays fall on it.
The Old Dir'aiyah is located on Thumeiry Street
in the suburbs of Riyadh and is open to public on all days of the week.