The original capital of Saudi Kingdom (1744-1818)
Al-Diriyah is an old town and the second Unesco World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia located 35KM on the northwestern outskirts of the Saudi capital, Riyadh and sits on the banks of the valley Hanifa. Diriyah was the original home of the Saudi royal family, and served as the capital of the first Saudi dynasty from 1744 to 1818. Currently being restored to become a distinct tourist area. It features many beautiful, interesting buildings made of mud. It is surrounded by an old 14km wall made of stones and mud. Today, the town is the seat of the Diriyah Governorate and is part of Riyadh Province.