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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. Use our Nizwa trip builder to visit Bahla Fort on your trip to Nizwa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Apparently, this is a UNESCO World Heritage site. I can see that from the grandiose layout of the site, but there's very, very little information to give context to the history and design of the fort....  more »
  • The fort is huge and pretty impressive. Visitors are aloud to go anywhere an climb every stairs they want. The view is pretty nice. Unfortunately the fort lacks signs, so you have no idea at all what ...  more »
  • V.a.1 from outside this world heritage site is an impressive fortress. Unfortunately the rooms inside are completely empty and defying a world heritage status any statement or explanatory notes are attached. Only a small brochure obtained at the entrance brings a little light in the dark. Conclusion: A Mr out outstanding monument, as a museological institution is there a but not enough!
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  • It is a huge and very beautiful castle in Oman. The fort became an UNESCO Wold Heritage Site in 1987. Beautifully restorated between 1993-1999. Town Bahla is well known for its pottery work.
  • Bahla is a small old township with lot of historic traditional buildings and a fort.. You can even see a small wall similar to Chinese great wall around Bahla. Bahla fort is one of the main attractions in this place. Bahla Fort, with its walls and towers of mud brick on stone foundations is a UNESCO heritage site which is worth visiting..
  • Bahla Fort is massive and was restored very well, however it is empty. As of October 2016, there are no descriptions of anything and it is basically just a big empty fort. You have no idea what the rooms were for or what was in them. In my opinion, Jibreen Castle is much better and only a 10 minute drive from Bahla.
  • While listed in Nizwa it's around 40km away. I was under the impression that the opening hours were very limited but not so. It's open Saturday-Thursday from 9:30-16:30. It's also really cheap with just a 500bz entry fee. It's very different to Nizwa fort in that the design of the various buildings is very haphazard with staircases to nowhere but I really liked that. It makes for an interesting design and makes for really nice photos. Now I was there around midday in late May so probably somewhere around 42 degrees but that was nobody else there. I have visited a UNESCO site that was so empty. You can't argue with that. 1 criticism is I wish there was more information about the buildings and the history. But absolutely well worth travelling out or doing a day tour.
  • Nice fort this fort building before AL aslam