Riyadh Province
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Historical At-Turaif District - Riyadh

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At-Turaif District, Wadi Hanifah, Ad Diriyah Saudi Arabia
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Located in the old city of Al Diriyah in the northwestern outskirts of Riyadh, the historic At Turaif District was the original home of the royal family of Saudi Arabia and represented the capital of their dynasty up till 1818. The Al Turaif is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts many local and international tourists every year. It is also famous for its Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the Arabian Peninsula. At-Turaif World Heritage site is essentially an open air museum which allows visitors to experience the birthplace of Saudi Arabia.

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In 2018 the Saudi government launched a massive restoration process in the historic At Turaif District in an attempt to document the archaeological sites of the district and turn it into an open air museum. 

At Turaif World Heritage Site is nothing less than a gateway into the past. The architecture, the alleyways, and the artifacts give you an insight into what the capital of the first Saudi state looked like. It is also home to a number of museums that house different handicrafts, weapons, and utensils from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

There are also a number of historically important sites in this district including the Salwa Palace, Saad bin Saud Palace, At Turaif Bath House, and the Imam Mohammad bin Saud Mosque. The Salwa Palace is four stories tall which makes it the largest palace in all of Diriyah whereas the Saad bin Saud Palace, though much smaller in size, is equally as beautiful with its lush courtyards and traditional mud walls.

The At-Turaif World Heritage Site is located opposite the Bujairi Heritage Park in Diriyah which is home to the newly opened Bujairi Terrace which is a world class fine dining destination with over 20 international and local restaurants and cafes.

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At-Turaif District, Wadi Hanifah, Ad Diriyah Saudi Arabia

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Norah S

Norah S

12/25/2022 21:07

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Beautiful place. I particularly enjoyed the immersive theatrical act at the Nozol area. Actors were really authentic, reminded me of my grandparents stories
Sam W

Sam W

12/24/2022 14:55

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Well maintained and organized. Smooth visit.
Khalid Habib Ullah

Khalid Habib Ullah

12/24/2022 00:02

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Great place, historical + cozy restaurants has left the best impressions! Hospitable, delicious dishes. I recommend to everyone! would like to come back here again and again.
Pierre Bindels

Pierre Bindels

02/15/2022 02:36

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Attention: dear visitors, i tried to visit this place on 13th february 2022, but it's still closed due to constructions all around! So sad😔 Before u go there make sure it's open again!
Frederic Journoud

Frederic Journoud

12/24/2021 14:43

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Today, 24 December 2021, I wanted to get in. There are lots of constructions and restauration work everywhere in the area and an apparently knowledgeable local security manager, well spoken in English, told me that the site closed 2 days ago for an unknown duration because of the constructions. Nothing to do with the fact that it was a Friday and the weekend. I'm rating it 2 stars only because the site is closed...
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