Bahla fort.

Bahla Fort

I have been trying to get a visit for aeons, but always closed – beginning to think it was a conspiracy by the jinns that are said to occupy the place….

 

Bahla fort and settlement owed its prosperity to the Banu Nebhan tribe who had prominence from the 12th to the end of the 15th century and made Bahla their capital. From here they were able to established relationships with other tribal groups of the interior. Bahla was the centre of Ibadism (a branch of Islam), on which the ancient Omani Imamates were based.
The fort became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It was included on the List of World Heritage in Danger from 1988 and restoration work began in the 1990s. The fort with its walls and towers of mud brick on stone foundations along with the wall enclosed oasis, is understood to be the third largest example in the world. It’s a labyrinth of floors, doors and rooms; without a guide, needs careful thought as to which way the entrance was, when time for departure. 🙂
The town is well known for its pottery and although not mentioned unless one asks, its magic, in fact its second name is “Madinat Al Sehr”(the City of Magic). All part of Oman’s unwritten history of tradition and folklore.

Cannon found at the entrance.

Cannon no4

Cannon no3

Cannon inscriptionOld !

6 thoughts on “Bahla fort.

  1. tourists must see the fully restored fort, but there is very little description or explanation of the history of the place available on the site.

    1. One of the failings here is the lack of information about historical sites.
      If you asked for the booklet that the guard has? it would have given a little.
      Go in search of more obscure places and Google is your only friend !
      In the early 80,s even maps were hard to come by (I never did get a good answer as to why) as for Jebel Akhadar – no way would you get there without a ministry pass or be attached with the military, right upto the middle 90’s.
      Oman does not promote itself in any shape or form – even today.

    1. It is Murray,
      A multitude of floors & rooms, my fist exploration since a visit back in 1986 when it was just a ruin.
      The adjoining deserted village is just as good (needs a cool day though) Yesterday was not!!!!
      David.

  2. Incredible place! Has anyone done a readable interesting history on Oman yet? Or is that a controlled topic?

    1. Hi Liz,
      Actually not to my knowledge, numerous old books – such as:
      Oman Before 1970: The End of an Era
      by Ian Skeet.
      Plenty of travel type publications, but an in-depth history seems sadly lacking.
      Pre the 70’s is only now being talked about in schools but very guarded.

      David.

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