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042-1-قلعة الملك عبد العزيز في ضبا
Saudi Arabia

قلعة الملك عبد العزيز في ضبا: تقع القلعة على هضبة مرتفعة تشرف على سوق البلدة القديم من الجهة الغربية وقد اقيمت في عهد الملك عبدالعزيز عام 1352هـ - 1933م لتكون مقراً للحكم في البلدة.. والقلعة بنيت من الحجر الجيري على طراز القلاع الموجودة بالمنطقة. ويوجد بها اربعة أبراج على شكل ثلاث أرباع الدائرة ولها باب معقود تعلوه لوحة تأسيسيه. For more information: http://www.scta.gov.sa

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