Nizwa Fort

The consolidation of political power and religious authority in Oman during the 1600's produced new requirements for fortified buildings, including the lodging of the Imam. Fulfilling this purpose, Nizwa Castle (built c1650) became the pulsing heart of the Imamate. Within its walls the Imam entertained important visitors, held public audiences and conducted the daily affairs... Continue Reading →

Old Omani Cannon

Photographed at the restored fort in Nizwa the plaque behind it reads: Omani 3-pounder cannon. Early 17th Century, cast bronze. This superb and unique cannon is almost certainly of Omani construction. It was probably cast at Sohar. With its intricate cartouches, it provides a talking point for Arabic scholars. It is mounted on a replica... Continue Reading →

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