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Nizwa Fort

Jan 8, 2013 by     12 Comments    Posted under: Al Dakhiliyah, Fort, Historical Attractions

Nizwa Fort (قلعة نزوى) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oman due to the fact that it is an amazing example of old Omani architecture that provides an illustration of the way Omani people used to live in ancient times. The oldest part of Nizwa Fort was originally constructed by imam Al Sult bin Malik Al Kharusi in the ninth century and was later renovated by imam Sultan bin Saif Al Yarubi in the 17th century. Imam Sultan bin Saif Al Yarubi is known as the imam responsible for removing the Portuguese from Oman.

Nizwa Fort

Nizwa Fort is unique among other forts in Oman due to the cylindrical shape of its main tower which also happens to be the biggest to tower in a fort in Oman. Nizwa Fort has seven wells, a number of prisons, and prosecution ground. The main tower features many defence mechanisms Omanis used in the past such as pitfalls, honey traps, and gun shooting windows.

Nizwa FortInside Nizwa FortThe fort also contains many exhibits and artefacts displayed in each of the rooms of the fort. There is also a nice gift shop and a permanent exhibition that illustrates the geographical history of Oman and many details about the history of Nizwa and how it used to be the capital of Oman at some point in time.

Nizwa Fort

Nizwa Fort is probably the best destination to visit for anyone wishing to explore how Omani used to be like in the old times and is one examples of how life still remains somewhat unchanged in villages outside the capital.  Nizwa is about an hour from Muscat and can be done as a day trip that includes a visit to Nizwa Souq, Misfat Al Abriyeen, or any of the many other destinations in the interior of Oman.

View of Nizwa from the Fort

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  • […] audio guide while visiting to learn about this historical building and pair the day with a trip to Nizwa Fort in the […]


  • […] Sultan bin Saif Al Yarubi the Imam who removed the Portuguese from Oman and the one who expanded Nizwa fort to its current form. Imam Bel’arab inherited from his father a country in a period of peace […]

  • […] Al Hamra, such as Al Hoota cave, Wadi Ghul or Jabal Shams. Otherwise, the largest nearby city is Nizwa, or you can just stay at one of the accommodation places in Jebal […]

  • […] get to Ibri and then come back through the older Nizwa road to pass by the all ancient landmarks in Nizwa and […]

  • […] new castle in comparison to forts and castles found in the north of Oman, such as the forts in Nizwa, Bahla, and Nakhal, which are hundreds, if not thousands, years old. Taqah Castle is also different […]

  • […] is one of the most magnificent forts in Oman and one of the most popular ones to visit after Nizwa Fort and Jabrin Castle. The exact date in which this ancient fort was built is unknown, but many believe […]

  • […] The Omani Cuisine is of course a restaurant review website, but I do occasionally get emails from people visiting Oman and asking for advice on what to see and do, so I thought I’ll make a post for what I’d like to call the “Omani Cuisine Tour” – a sample outline on how to do a two days tour that involves watching a show at the Royal Opera House Muscat and visiting Nizwa. […]

  • Could you tell us what time is the fort and the nizwa souk open?

    • Like all forts open to the public, Nizwa fort is open 9am to 4pm Saturday to Thursday, and 9am to 11am on Friday. The souq also has a special live auctions on early Friday mornings.

  • A breathtaking scene. I love how the fort seats in rock boulder.

  • […] Omani architecture, it is still not as entertaining to visit as other more popular forts such as Nizwa Fort, due to the fact that other forts have exhibits, a gallery section, and details on what each room […]

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