The historic center of the state
Old Muscat is quite different from the modern conurbation of modern Muscat stretching for tens of kilometers along the coast. It is basically a small historic town protected on practically all sides by mountains. You will find a number of important buildings here, including the interesting palace of Sultan Qaboos. Especially in the early evening it is a pleasant tour
As in many other cities, a huge entrance gate is built in front of Old Muscat. The so-called Gate Museum also operates in this. If you have time and interest, you can see an exhibition dedicated to the history of Oman
A small mosque in Old Muscat
You can stop in a fairly large parking lot near the private Bait al-Zubair Museum (where you can see weapons or historical equipment of Omani houses). We are here in the early evening and we are more attracted to a walk outside. There is a small mosque right next to the parking lot.
On the way to Mirani fortress
We are the first to set off in the direction of the Mirani fortress. On the one hand, quite poor development on the other, a monumental government building surrounded by a proper wall
View of the Mirani fortress
Fort Al-Mirani (built by the Portuguese) is like the vast majority of Omani castles and fortresses beautifully restored. The view on it is great from almost all sides. The fortress itself was much destroyed in 1552, when Muscat was conquered by the Ottoman Turks
View of the next fortress
Cross the rock ridge through the tunnel and you will finally find yourself by the sea. From here you can see another fortress in Kalbuh. It is probably difficult to get directly to the fortress, because there are port buildings in front of it.
Views of Fishers Rock Island
Just half a mile from the mainland is the interesting island of Fishers Rock with another fortress, a lighthouse at the top.
View of Al Jalali Fort
Directly below the Mirani Fort is a view of the Al Jalali Fort guarding the other end of the bay.
Sultan's Palace Al Alam
Among the fortresses is the architecturally interesting palace of the Sultan – Al Alam – translated as the flag.
Al Khor Mosque
Directly below the Mirani fortress is another important local monument – the Al Khor Mosque
Promenade in Old Muscat
The very center of Old Muscat is a large area and promenade connecting the Sultan's Palace with the Omani National Museum.
Mountains above Old Muscat
The peaks above Old Muscat are only about 100 meters above sea level, but they seem significantly higher. Many of them have guard forts. It's quite tempting to explore.
Life on the promenade
Local families as well as Indians are all photographed in front of the Sultan's Palace – a clear destination for this trip. Rather, it is quiet, unlike, for example, the Corniche promenade
At the National Museum
You can walk along the promenade to the roundabout surrounded by other important buildings such as the National Museum
Young soccer players in Muscat
Before sunset, young boys play football. You can often find football pitches all over the country in the desert
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