Sightseeing in Riyadh - what to see. Complete travel guide

It’s a modern city, which started accepting tourists not long ago, but it quickly gained their trust and respect. The city’s name can be literally translated as "garden", and you will understand why this name has been after you make a walk in it. The number of parks and flower beds is really enormous, and so both historic and new buildings simply dive in greenery.
One of the main features of the city of Riyadh is a great number of modern shopping and entertainment centers providing a perfect choice of goods and entertainments meeting every taste and … Open
Al-Batha district is the oldest part of the city. It is situated in the center of Riyadh. Here you can see main historical monuments and learn many interesting facts about the history of Riyadh. Masmak Fortress that was built in the middle of the 19th century is one of greatest places of interest. Several years ago the building was carefully restored and a distinct wing of the fortress was turned into a hotel. Other rooms of the fortress have been converted into a museum, where visitors will enjoy elegant furniture and other decorative items, many of which are considered priceless. However, Museum of Riyadh, which can be found in the western part of the city, has the most valuable exposition. Here you will find rooms dedicated to archaeological artifacts, historical collections, as well as works of art, national costumes and weapons.
We should definitely distinguish Royal Centre among the modern architectural buildings of the city. This is the largest and tallest building of the country, which hosts large shopping and entertainment centers, as well as several offices and apartments. You will also find here restaurants and cafes, which will be loved by lovers of oriental cuisine. During the sightseeing you will see beautiful parks right at every step of your way. Many parks are equipped with playgrounds and sports complexes, so fans of active rest will be certainly not disappointed by Riyadh. Copyright
1. Foreign guests should keep in mind specific aspects of behavior during a vacation in the city. It is not recommended to appear in the streets in too bright and provoking clothes as it … Open
Modern buildings are also of great interest to tourists. In Riyadh is located one of the highest skyscrapers of Saudi Arabia - Al-Faisal. It's of unusual pyramidal shape. The skyscraper was completed in 2000, its height is 267 meters. The ground part of the tower has 30 floors, another 14 floors are underground. Nowadays, popular hotels occupy a high-rise building. At the very top in a spherical construction, is located a prestigious restaurant and offers a chic view of the city.
The National Museum of Saudi Arabia is considered the main state museum of the country. Its extensive collection of exhibits has no equal. For the convenience of visitors, the exhibits are divided into eight thematic sections. The hall with archaeological exhibits is of greatest interest. Unique scientific artifacts are kept there. A separate collection is devoted to the history of the formation of Islam.
The most beautiful religious monument is Al-Madi Mosque built of red brick. Its walls remained unplastered while the construction, which gives the building such an unusual appearance. The interior design of the mosque is very interesting. It has traditional locals patterns. In the evening, the building is complemented by a spectacular artistic illumination. The most popular tourist attraction is the Riyadh TV Tower. It was built in 1978 and is now open for tours. The height of the tower is 170 meters. Its top is equipped with an unusual hall, resembling a huge faceted crystal. There's an excellent viewing platform there, open to visitors until late at night.
In the diversity of city parks, King Abdullah park is especially worth mentioning. It is one of the youngest in the capital. The grand opening of the park took place in 2013. The area of the park is 318 sq. m. A huge number of ornamental trees and flowers
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Sightseeing in Saudi Arabia: things to see

Diriyah is a very interesting and old city located not far away from the capital. Travelers are recommended visit this place as they will find many fascinating attractions there. Beautiful palaces, mosques and a thick protective wall remind of the past glory of this place. Diriyah was founded in 1446 and for more than three centuries the city was the most prosperous settlement of the Middle East. In the beginning of the 19th century, the city was completely destroyed by the Turks. After that, Diriyah was carefully restored during many years, and nowadays it's a very interesting research center for scientists and archaeologists. There are also modern buildings in the capital, and they deserve close attention. Kingdom Centre is considered one of the most famous skyscrapers in Riyadh. The height of the building is 311 metres, and its 47 floors have become home for numerous offices, conference halls, sports clubs, restaurants and a five-star hotel. … Open
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Shopping streets in Riyadh
♥   Shopping area ' Tahlia Street' Riyadh, 7.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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