The Jabrin Fort was built
in 1670 as a defensive strong hold and living accommodation for the then
spiritual leader of Muscat. This fort is most elaborate with its carvings and
paintings painstakingly spread right through the living spaces of the fort.
Built in 1668, the Nizwa
Fort is the largest fort in the Arabian Gulf. It took 12 years to complete and
was pivotal in defending the city against marauding enemies.
One of several unique
aspects of this fort is that the windows are several inches thick. When closed
during battle, a small opening appears from which boiling oil was poured on to
invaders attempting to scale the walls.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
example of Islamic architecture provides a wonderful insight into the cultural
heritage of Oman. It is also the only mosque that allows entry for non-Muslims.
The mosque is
lavishly decorated and features a 263-metre prayer carpet, 35 crystal
chandeliers, and a floor entirely paved with marble. The tour takes you into
the men's and women's prayer halls, where you are allowed to take photographs.
strict rules governing entry of non-Muslims into the mosque. You must take your
shoes off before entering and both men and women should wear conservative
clothing (women should wear long sleeves and long trousers and cover their
10 years are not permitted inside the mosque.