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Nizwa Fort

Nizwa, Oman

This beautifully restored fortification kept the city safe for centuries. 

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In the heart of the ancient city of Nizwa, lies Oman’s most visited national monument. The Nizwa Fort was constructed over a preexisting structure that dates back to the 12th century. However, the structure on display today was constructed around the 1600s and took around 12 years to complete.

Nizwa Fort stood as the administrative seat of power for various Imams and Walis during times of conflict and peace. The fort is a shining example of the amazing architectural advancements that took place during the Ya’rubi era. 

The Nizwa Fort has the added prestige of possessing the tallest tower attached to a fort in Oman. The tower also employed various techniques to disrupt enemy invasions such as false doors, cannons, secret shafts, and narrow staircases. There are also several pitfalls located around the fort’s dark passageways to surprise enemy intruders. Today, these attributes are on display for tourists, while the turret offers splendid views of Nizwa.

A short walk from the fort lies the bustling Nizwa Souk, where a large collection of clay pottery and souvenirs unique to Oman can be purchased.

While used for centuries as a tool of war and defense, today, the Nizwa Fort stands as a beautiful and strong tribute to Oman’s often turbulent history.

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