A’arif fort

Coveted because of its strategic location the city of Hail hosted several fortified buildings protecting its rulers. The oldest and probably the most famous is the A’arif Fort which is built on top of a rock which provides the best viewpoint over the city. A’arif Fort is located in the city of Hail on the highest peak of a mountain overlooking the city. It was built in 1260 AH on an area of 440 sq. m.

A’arif Fort with its rectangular shape and medium size, is surrounded by a solid wall with openings to drain rainwater. Its walls were built of mud bricks and mud, on stone foundations, and equipped with everything the anchors and city defenders need, such as towers, observation slots, sleeping areas and others for storage, a mosque, toilets, and 30 watchtowers to defend the area.
The fort is distinguished by its large doors built of wood and carved by hand, besides the height of its conical tower. For a period of time, the castle was used to observe moon phases during Ramadan and holidays, and today it has become one of the most important archaeological and cultural monuments in the Kingdom.

 

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