(As usual – where do I find a straight line!)
Another early morning impromptu trip.
Rustaq: once the capital of Oman, during the era of Imam Nasir bin Murshid al Ya’arubi. (The one that suggested in 1620 that the Portuguese should leave Oman – he gave them an offer they could not refuse! by 1650 they were all gone and if the Omanis had their way; never to be seen again)
Rustaq Fort: originally known as Qalat Al Kisra was constructed in the 13th century. Recently refurbished, like many of the more significant forts in Oman.
It has a wall around the inner castle (similar to ‘Norman’ construction in the UK) A falaj runs through the fort to supply water for the inhabitants. Should this become contaminated, they were able to rely on a well, giving them the ability to withstand a long siege. One feature of Rustaq Fort is its four watchtowers: Al Burj Al Ahmar (The Red Tower); Al Burj Al Hadeeth (The Modern Tower); Al Burj Al Reeh (The Wind Tower); and Al Burj Ashiateen (or The Devil’s Tower).
More images to follow 🙂