Out and About Nizwa: The Fort and Souq

Out and About Nizwa: The Fort and Souq
Inside the Nizwa Fort Tower

Inside the Nizwa Fort Tower

November 28, 2012 – With group of close friends from Muladdah, we all decided to spend the long holiday and go for camping at the highest peak of Oman. But our first stop of the journey is in the bustling little town of Nizwa.

We take breakfast at a Turkish Restaurant and eat egg omelet with paratha (unleavened bread) and some fresh veges.

our breakfast, egg omelet with paratha (unleavened bread) and some fresh veges

our breakfast, egg omelet with paratha (unleavened bread) and some fresh veges

To end our meal, we order a plate of labnah honey. A dough bake with yoggurt (labnah) and honey toppings. It is a nice blend of saltiness and sweetness in thick crust pie.

a plate of labnah honye pie. A dough bake with yoggurt and honey toppings

a plate of labnah honye pie. A dough bake with yoggurt and honey toppings

After getting full, we head straight to the famous and old Nizwa Souq where we find potteries and all kinds of Oman’s crafts and artifacts. Nizwa was once the center of commerce among merchants and traders from the southern Arab Peninsula to the Northern Gulf Region.

The view of the historical Nizwa Souq

The view of the historical Nizwa Souq

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more pots over there

 

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more display of souvenir items inside

Oman potteries of all kinds

Oman potteries of all kinds

work of arts

work of arts

beautiful lamps

beautiful lamps

postcards of Oman

postcards of Oman

Omani Canes

Omani Canes

walls of frames and Oman's artefacts

walls of frames and Oman’s artefacts

gold plated incense burner

gold plated incense burner

Hanging beads

Hanging beads

little carecatures with glimmering stones

little carecatures with glimmering stones

Modern Arab Figurines

Modern Arab Figurines

a group of pots

a group of pots

small pots in the corner

small pots in the corner

these are colorful pots with glitters

these are colorful pots with glitters

Adjacent to the souq or marketplace is a huge Nizwa Fort that was known to be the massive defense citadel against Persian invaders in the ancient times. Here we find interesting exhibits and wander around into its dungeons and labyrinth alleyways.

The entrance to the fort

The entrance to the fort

A short history of the fort

A short history of the fort

Nizwa Fort Map

Nizwa Fort Map

Another embossed plan of the fort

Another embossed plan of the fort

resting in the old omani canopy

resting in the old omani canopy

some pieces of crafts

some pieces of crafts

a miniature display of the fort

a miniature display of the fort

 a video of traditional irrigation using domestic animals like cow or donkey.


a video of traditional irrigation using domestic animals like cow or donkey.

huge ancient door keys

huge ancient door keys

the famous masks of beduoins - an ancient tribe in Oman

the famous masks of beduoins – an ancient tribe in Oman

Omani necklaces and silver jewelries

different designs of masks

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A traditional Omani Dress for Women

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old metal works

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A replica of beehive tomb

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a detailed plan of fort’s defensive features

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a prayer hall inside the mosque

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HM Sultan Qaboos Bin Said – Oman’s ruler since 1970

 

the entrance to the Fort

A traditional Omani dress for Men

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with my darling little girl.

 

a colorful Guide to the Fort's Exhibit area

a colorful Guide to the Fort’s Exhibit area

an old cookingware found in Nizwa fort

an old cookingware found in Nizwa fort

A view from the top

A view from the top

After the visit, we had lunch at KFC in Lulu Hypermarket and meet my online friend Cathy who arrived to Nizwa just three weeks ago.

again some pose before going for a lunch

again some pose before going for a lunch

Read my previous visit to Nizwa Fort and Souq in May 2012.

At the grocery, we also encounter another Filipina from Nizwa College of Technology, Ms. Amy. All in all, our short visit to this place is a great start for a wonderful holiday camping trip.

Keep reading my next post on our next trio  JABAL SHAMS or known as the Sun Mountain because Jabal mean Mountain and Shams means Sun. It is the highest peak in Oman.

LOVE,
Riah – The Blissful Wife and Mom

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