Bahla Fort, Nizwa

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Tour the World Heritage Site of Bahla Fort, a vast mud-brick fortress, built during the 13th and 14th centuries. The fort was constructed by the Nabhani dynasty, rulers of the region at the time, but fell into disrepair throughout the ages, until it was recently extensively restored. Admire the towering fort walls, nestled on a sandstone foundation, explore its nooks and crannies, and enjoy the vista of the surroundings from the hilltop castle. Arrange your visit to Bahla Fort and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nizwa using our Nizwa road trip tool .
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  • Allow at least few hours for a visit. It's huge, beautiful and you will want to stay there to enjoy views. Take notes and read about history before driving there as there is little info available at t...  more »
  • This is an UNESCO site definitely worth a visit. I give the point to some reviewers on the fact that you dont get a lot of information about the place, but there is definitely a lot to explore. I foun...  more »
  • A two hour drive South through the dessert will take you to the UNESCO listed Bahla Fort. Very cheap entrance fee will take you inside this Ibadi masterpiece. Due to its location it is very quiet and ...  more »
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  • This fort is larger and even more impressive than the one in Nizwa. Sadly, it's a bit off the beaten track so I think many people will skip it. Nevertheless I enjoyed walking around and really (really) getting lost in the maze of rooms and stair cases. Definitely worth it if you can spare an extra few hours while in the area. The bathrooms are also VERY clean and modern.
  • Like others have mentioned, the fort itself is huge and very impressive. The downside is you have absolutely no clue what it is or why/how it was used. It's completely empty with no signs or any guides as to what you are looking at. We ended up going home and googling it afterwards. It's only 1/2 rial entrance fee which is affordable.
  • Fantastic place to visit, and amazingly good value. It could do with some kind of signs or audio tour to explain what you're looking at, but still well worth a visit.
  • Location was beautiful and fort was very well restored. There were zero signs or pamphlets so I had no clue what I was looking at. Every room looked the same and it got old quick. Would be helpful if they labeled things or had some more information about the fort while touring around.
  • Look, the fort is impressive. But there's not a single piece of information about the fort or it's many rooms anywhere to be found. So like... You dont learn anything or gain knowledge about the fort or it's history. Furthermore, there are no artifacts or things to look at. It's literally a fort and that's all. It certainly could be improved with more info or guides to explain things.
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