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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  • July 26, 2017
    The Oman is a country but his oil Sheik and the ruling class knowing that you can't base the future only on the black gold has decided to focus inter alia on tourism by taking advantage of the impressive natural beauty, the friendliest, most of the inhabitants and also historical and cultural beauties. The Fort of bahla is an extraordinary example of the past but also the present, perfectly renovated spotless staff. Here is the opposite of Liguria.
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  • July 15, 2017
    Along the main road of the Baja then suddenly appears. I saw a magnificent Fort. Didn't I went I would get another because it was being repaired and written by guide a few years ago and is preening appearance in rosters. For the time being published may not.
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  • July 2, 2017
    We based ourselves in Bahla for visiting Al Hoota caves and driving to the mountains for visiting Ghul village. Bahla is pleasant enough stopover with this nice fort which is sadly not illuminated at ...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Nice historic destination. Must visit in Bahla along with poetry factory
  • October 26, 2016
    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..
  • January 24, 2017
    Majestic, and huge in comparison to the other forts. As usual, the fort has lot of narrow passages, secret chambers and guard posts. Restoration is heavy and it may not be surprising if you find it similar to a Hollywood cinema set. The abandoned village around is also worth visting, though bit ghostly and lonely.
  • May 30, 2017
    a true historic place MUST VISIT if u r neer
  • March 27, 2017
    Amazing well retored structure. Unfortunatelly there are no indications, display, audioguides

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Nizwa has relatively few accommodations to offer its guests, drawn to the historical core of the former capital. The relative lack of tourist infrastructure may well be what's keeping the traditional feel of the city center alive. A couple of standard hotels can be found in the center, and a few more in the towns to the north and south along Highway 21. The capital, Muscat, lies about an hour and a half's drive to the north-east along a good quality highway. Most visitors simply visit Nizwa during a day trip from the capital.
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