This property was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty, in the heart of the Arabian Penisula, north-west of Riyadh. Founded in the 15th century, it bears witness to the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the centre of the Arabian peninsula. In the 18th and early 19th century, its political and religious role increased, and the citadel at at-Turaif became the centre of the temporal power of the House of Saud and the spread of the Wahhabi reform inside the Muslim religion. The property includes the remains of many palaces and an urban ensemble built on the edge of the ad-Dir’iyah oasis.

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At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah

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DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
Saudi Arabia 
Category
Cultural
Name
At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah
Selection Criteria (?)
(iv)(v)(vi)
Year of Registered
2010
Keyword
Registered in 2010