Bahla Fort

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Bahla Fort

Bahla Fort, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The large fort includes 7 miles of walls built over the 13th and 14th Centuries when Bahla thrived as a regional oasis. (Bahla itself is a couple of hours southwest of Muscat).

Bahla Fort offers the kind of sand-colored, layered, picturesque architecture expected out of Arabian castles – it’s beautiful, dramatic and vivid. You can just imagine the medieval peoples who populated this ancient wonder.

By the 1980s, the Fort had fallen into disrepair – entire walls would collapse each year during the rainy season! Fortunately, the Omani government spent nearly $9 million USD restoring the property in the 1990s, after its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It was removed from the list of endangered sites in 2004, and today stands as one of our most beautiful examples of Omani castles.