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Nizwa was capital of Oman between 751 and 1154 AD and is still considered the cultural capital. The 17th century Nizwa Fortress, built to guard the Sumail Gap during the struggles between the Sultan and radical Imans has recently been renovated. Its walls are 40 metres high, towering over the city and holding 400 gun placements. Nizwa is also famous for its bustling souk and its traditional goat market.

Ancient Forts of Oman

There are numerous examples of centuries old forts in the region around Nizwa in Oman. Perhaps the best example is Bahla Fort, built in the oasis of Bahla by the Banu Nabhan tribe between the 12th and 15th centuries. At the foot of the fort lies the Friday Mosque. The 17th century Jibreen castle protected an inner palace. Nakhl fortress is situated in the foothills of the Jebel Akhdar mountains. The 13th century Rustaq Fort is the tallest in the country.

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