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Bahla Fort

Oasis of Bahla, Nizwa, Oman
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Nizwa
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Description: This site is currently undergoing repairs. Tours are unavailable at this time.
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Melbourne, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is another of the well preserved Forts of the region. Take a tour and have the guide explain the hidden details about these old fortresses and how the defended themselves. There is no such thing as wheelchair access around these buildings or stroller. You will be ducking and weaving your way around the narrow paths and corridors. But you... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,089 attraction reviews
471 helpful votes 471 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The main photo on trip advisor is wrong - it shows the mosque in Nizwa. Bahla Fort built in the 13th C is one of the largest forts in the Oman. The mud brick walls are a towering 50m. It was closed when I visited but after extensive rebuilding has just re-opened to the public. It is one of just... More

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115 reviews 115 reviews
13 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Incredible construction, high above the plains. Real sense of atmosphere and history. Sprawling construction, over many centuries, but I found it difficult to get a sense of how it was occupied and used (appreciate that is my ignorance but no printed material available either) Loved the bat cave!

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Stuttgart, Germany
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

In some ways we enjoyed this even more than Nizwa--there were more hidden nooks and crannies, stairways and ladders to explore. That said, it really helped to see Nizwa first with its much better explanations of Omani fortresses. It was a big hit with our 7-year-old too--the little bats that flew out of the darker rooms made for some excitement.

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New York City, New York
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116 reviews 116 reviews
68 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This large fort was recently restored and while it is now open to the public they still have some work to do in terms of installing artifacts, putting up signage, etc. For example, when you go into some rooms you will see the light fixtures that are still being installed, the empty alcoves where objects will be displayed, etc. The... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Bahla fort is open to the public following a restoration project. The fort is extensive consisting of both towers and a great number of smaller buildings within the fortifications. Unfortunately although the restoration has been done to a high standard there is absolutely no information available for visitors (unlike nearby Jabrin Fort which has an audio guide available for visitors... More

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Polis, Cyprus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Large fort, but only seen from the outside as it is closed for renovations at the moment so cannot comment on the interior.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This fort has been nicely renovated but appears very new compared to its original build. The plaster work is very modern and takes away from its character.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

we drove here after a visit to Nizwa and was excellent to see the contrast also there were hardly any tourists so you could take it at your own pace. Again there is a lot of climbing and low ceilings. I was intrigued by the black magic of bahla but cannot get any information on it. Truly stunning views.

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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Easy to locate as you find this on the Ibri-Nizwa highway. Renovation is almost complete after several years. A large fort among Omani forts. Main street in the front is busy, so try to get a parking after turning right after the fort.

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