Steeped in history, Nizwa was the capital of Oman back in the 6th and 7th centuries. The town is most famous for its market and the recognisable Nizwa Fort, which functioned as a museum on traditional Omani life until it was closed for regulation maintenance works.
That closure is coming to an end with the announcement that Nizwa Fort will re-open to the public coming from Oman's Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and the Ministry of Tourism.
"Nizwa Fort has been a remarkable architectural and historical Omani treasure for centuries," said Mona Tannous, Country Manager Sultanate of Oman Tourism Australia/New Zealand.
"The fort’s underlying structure dates as far back as the 12th century, and to ensure this formidable stronghold of antiquity stands up to the wear-and-tear of the centuries ahead, regular maintenance is required.
Nizwa Fort was the administrative seat of authority for presiding Imams, and is a powerful reminder of the town's significance through Oman's long history, and we are delighted that it is due to re-open to the visiting public," continued Ms Tannous.
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One of the fort's most striking features is its central tower, which rises 35 metres above the rest of the structure. It's possible to stand at the top of the tower and enjoy unrestricted views of the city and countryside.
Combine the fort with the Nizwa Souk where you can purchase local fare and see livestock trading (only on Fridays).