Oman is one of the most vibrant countries in the Middle East with a wide variety of attractions. Muscat was chosen as the capital of Arab tourism in 2012, and Lonely Planet named it one of the best places for cultural travel in the world. But no matter what city you are in, you will certainly find a fortress or castle there. More than 500 majestic monuments testifying to the power and prosperity of Sultanism in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Are scattered along 1700 km of the coast.
On the outskirts of Bahl oasis rises one of the oldest fortresses of Sultanism - a huge fort from the time of the prosperity of the powerful tribe banu-nebhan. Today, the Bahla fortress is listed in UNESCO as an outstanding example of military architecture.
Jabrin Castle was an inspiration to many Arab writers in antiquity. Some admired the powerful fortifications that stood guard in the heart of the desert, while others were fascinated by the architecture of the palace, filled with unique beauty.
Al-Alam is a royal palace located between two twin forts on the shores of the Gulf of Oman in the city of Muscat, one of the residences of the Sultan of Qaboos.
Fort Al Jalali, located on a cliff, near the residence of the Sultan Qaboos, together with his twin fort Al Mirani, was the main defensive line of the capital of Oman - Muscat.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat is the third largest mosque in the world adorned with some of the largest handmade rugs and Swarovski chandelier.
Nahal Fortress is perhaps one of the most luxurious in Oman. An ancient fort in classical Arabic style rises on a hill in the center of a green oasis of date palms in a gorge of strikingly red rocks Jebel Ahdar.
The most visited historical monument of Oman once defended the rich former capital, and today it is a vivid example of military architectural skill in the heyday of the Omani Sultanism.
One of the oldest and highest fortresses in Oman, near the hot springs of an oasis in the Al Batin region, is a vivid example of Islamic defensive architecture.
On the shore of the Gulf of Oman is one of the largest cities in Oman - Sokhar, known as the legendary house of Sinbad and the “greatest port of Islam” in the Middle Ages.
In the north of Oman, where the Strait of Hormuz connects the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, surrounded by picturesque mountains, there is a historical monument from the era of the Portuguese colonialists.