Thursday, 15 December 2011

The pre-Islamic fort of Nakhal in Oman

This is a bigger fortress than the one we saw in the Muscat harbour. It is around 1.500 years old. Many areas in Oman have a fort. It was used as residence for the rulers of the area or the so called Wali’s. In this case the fort is located on a hill overlooking the oasis and its inhabitants. The fort contains several apartments and you still see how people lived in the past. It also contains a prison and several defence mechanism against intruders. Have a look at the pictures.

Dit fort is groter dan hetgeen we in de haven van Muscat gezien hebben. Het is ongeveer 1.500 jaar oud. Vele gebieden in Oman hebben zulke forten. Deze werden gebruikt als residentie voor de heersers van het gebied, de zogenaamde Wali’s. Dit fort is gelegen op een heuvel en heeft een zicht over de volledige oase. Hier waren er verschillende vertrekken voor de Wali, zijn familie en hofhouding. Je kan er zien hoe de mensen er in het verleden leefden. Er is ook een gevangenis en verschillende verdedigingsmechanismen tegen aanvallers. De foto’s geven een duidelijker beeld..

Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort
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9 comments:

  1. Goodness, it is built upon a rock! Reminds me of when Jesus said he would build his church upon this rock. The walkways are beautiful!! And those divine cushions! I would have loved to tour this, and it looks in very good shape, was it renovated? Did the tour cost to get in?

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  2. Fantastische composities ....wat is het daar mooi en fotogeniek.

    groetjes, Joop

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  3. This is a different world! To get to this fort you have to walk so many stairs up I think.

    Amazing architecture of the fort! It was so protected from enemies and you could observe so far away any suspicious movement around this place.

    Great pictures and all of them just magnificent.

    Greetings from Kaya.

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  4. It is an unknown part of the world, interesting that they allow tourists in now.

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  5. very interesting, I have never seen something like this...

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  6. Lovely pictures. Who is that gorgeous girl with the long legs? She would almost certainly make a good ballroom dancer! Good portrait!

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  7. This is interesting!

    The bedroom and all, exactly like I've seen in TV ;)

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