This is the gate to the old city of Riyadh and a small portion of the wall from the time of the first king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz al Saud.
I was later told that this was not the safest part of town to hang out in.
The Musmak fort contains a room with images of the kings of Saudi Arabia, its flag, and "constitution", the Qur'an.
ibn Saud's cousin hurled a spear at the governor of Riyadh. Its tip became lodged in the door and broke off. The spear tip remains there to this day.
In the heart of Riyadh there are still narrow alley ways and ancient mud brick homes.
Interior shot of the Musmak fort.
There are an awful lot of places along the road from Doha to Riyadh that are like this, where there is absolutely no evidence of human activity for as far as the eye can see--not a building or a telephone pole, nothing.
This shot of Faisaliyah Tower was taken from my hotel room at the Olaya House.
This is the Masmak fort in the heart of Riyadh. This is where the modern state of Saudi Arabia began when the teen aged Abdul Aziz al Saud reclaimed control of Riyadh for his family in a dramatic coup.
The high court of Saudi Arabia sits on the same site as the first royal palace of the Al Saud.
This is the door the then governer of Riyadh narrowly escaped through when ambushed in the early morning hours by ibn Saud and his seven compatriots.
Riyadh is short on tall buildings. This as the Faisaliyah tower as seen from 32nd street, a popular hang out for Riyadhi youths.
I was a surreal expereince to realize that behind the wheel of every car on the road was a man. There are no women drivers in Riyadh.
Another angle on the old gate of Riyadh with the tower.