Taking a wrong turn can be rewarding. In our case it took us straight to the gigantic Fortress of Bahla, Oman’s oldest Fort. Its renovation has been going for decades, since only hand made clay bricks are used, to get as close to the original as possible. Despite such immense efforts to make it look authentic, it comes across a bit too neat, like most castles in Oman.
For unknown reasons, it is only open for the Omani weekend, Thursday and Friday. Thus we never set foot inside. But there are unique things to see right outside! Next to the fortress sit the remnants of old houses made of mud bricks. To call those dilapidated is probably flattering. Ruins filled with garbage would be a more proper description.
We stumbled around and peeked into what once, not too long ago, were cozy homes. Our little investigative tour led to higher grounds near the Fort. The perfect place to watch the sun set over the city of Bahla, another large oasis with groves of palm trees and gardens, but also modern, immaculate homes…
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