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Oman And Outskirts

Nikolkaya • 4 minutes read • July 5th, 2016
We were met in 

Oman

, the oldest independent state in the Arab world, by traditional spears
1omanand-outskirts.jpgand songs.
2omanand-outskirts.jpgEarly in the morning, our ship moored in the bay of 

Muscat

.
Muscat means a "place of falling." This is due to the fact that the steep, rocky hills close in the city from all sides, like a natural wall and fortress.
3omanand-outskirts.jpgIn addition to the natural wall and fortress, there are two man-made preserved Portuguese forts - 

Jalali

and Mirani, in the city.
4omanand-outskirts.jpgMuscat is a wonderful and unique city with traditional mosques, Catholic and Protestant churches, Hindu and Buddhist temples (Oman is almost the only Islamic state in the Arabian Peninsula, where places of worship of other religions are carefully protected), modern business districts, castles and forts, the palace of Sultan, and, of course, bazaars.
5omanand-outskirts.jpgOn the coat of arms of Oman, there is the traditional Omani dagger.
6omanand-outskirts.jpgCuriously, the dagger can be seen not only in the form of state symbols and souvenir shops, but also on the belts of locals.
7omanand-outskirts.jpg8omanand-outskirts.jpgWe saw this old man in the distance, 74.5 miles (120 km) from Muscat, in a mountain village near the stream.
9omanand-outskirts.jpgI liked that place, as there were no tourists; just clean air and a sense of integrity.  
10omanand-outskirts.jpgDraw your attention to the doors.
11omanand-outskirts.jpgOman is home to various, rich doors and shutters.
12omanand-outskirts.jpg13omanand-outskirts.jpgI liked this door most of all :-)
It’s 72.9 feet (9 meters) tall and weighs 14,000 lbs (7 tons); it is made of pure gold. This is a door of some Omani bank in Muscat.
14omanand-outskirts.jpgBut I digress.
We went to the above mentioned village to bathe in the hot springs. The water was 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius), but no one of us swam as we forgot our swimwear :-)
15omanand-outskirts.jpgSo we went to the fortress of Al Hazm (Nakhal Fort) built in 1711 by the Sultan of the Yauruba dynasty. He died in 1718 and was buried in the fort. This fortress is very interesting, especially with its two mysterious tunnels, built in case of an evacuation. It is said that one of them runs to the coast, and the second, 19.8 miles (32 km) long, leads to the Rustag fort. 
16omanand-outskirts.jpgOn the way back, we stopped at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
17omanand-outskirts.jpgOn the way, we looked around the environs a little bit.
18omanand-outskirts.jpgAnd we came back to the ship. Of course, one day was not enough to visit Oman.
I really liked Oman. Oman is definitely worth a visit!

My sister was took this cruise a year ago. Here you can read her review: Trip To Desert In Muscat​
Author: Nikolkaya
Source: nikolkaya.livejournal.com
Translated by: Zoozi

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