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“Well worth the visit”
Review of Nizwa Fort

Nizwa Fort
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Brussels, Belgium
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346 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

This impressive fort in the centre of Nizwa is the main attraction of the city. Like other castles we visited in Oman, it has been sympathetically renovated in a particular style with various rooms furnished with carpets, cushions, crockery and books. There is plenty to explore: lots of stairways, rooms leading off rooms, passages, and ramparts at different levels. From the central tower, a large Omani flag fluttering from a tall flag pole in the middle, there are good views across the sleepy town and its lush groves of date palms. There were not many people in the fort when we visited and, of course, the peaceful atmosphere belied the building's often violent past. There is also a decent museum about the town, renovation of the souk, and local culture, although unfortunately not all the lighting was working so it was difficult to read some of the information boards. This was a pity because they were interesting, for example explaining the history and process of indigo making. There is a small gift shop and, ostensibly, a cafeteria, but it was closed and did not appear to have been open any time recently.

Visited March 2013
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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“Must see!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

This fort is beautiful, nicely restored and with an intersting exhibition. Dont miss it! And certainly go up the tower and enjoy the beautiful view over Nizwa the closeby souk (just ignore the heat up there and suck in the view).

Visited April 2013
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Dublin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Interesting place to visit”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

As some of the forts in Muscat were not accessible, we enjoyed visiting Nizwa's fort. The entrance charge was minimal, and there were plenty of rooms to visit. The views of Nizwa from the top are excellent.

Visited March 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Close your eyes & travel back in time ...”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

The "Rolls Royce" of fortifications of its time, the Nizwa fort was central to Oman's security for centuries. With a dark and narrow, ziggy-zaggy staircase, unexpected drop pits, followed immediately by ceiling slits from which scalding date syrup could be poured on invaders, one has to salute the architects of this fort. The photo opportunities are fabulous too, with bright blue skies contrasting the ochre of the well-maintained fort, softened by the green oases of date palms below the rugged mountains ... a stunning few hours, albeit HOT, stepping back in time, from their living rooms to the parapets!

Visited March 2013
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Muscat, Oman
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“Nice”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

You'll get an idea how it used to be in Nizwa.
Loved the little Souk.
The area is nice and clean nice view.

Visited January 2013
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