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.
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