Sunday, April 29, 2018

Bahla fort

Bahla Fort is one of four historic fortresses situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands in Oman and the country's only UNESCO-listed fort added in 1987. The fort underwent massive restoration efforts and reopened in 2012.

The fort is believed to have been built between the 12th and 15th century by the Banu Nebhan tribe who inhabited the area at the time and were known for controlling the trade of frankincense at the time.
There are three main parts inside the fort. The oldest part of the fort is Al-Qasabah. Bait al-Hadith, or new house, was built by the Ya’riba dynasty (1624-1743). Bait Al-Jabal was erected in the 18th century.
As the fort was built with bricks made of mud and straw, erosion damaged the structure until rehabilitation efforts were launched. There are a lot of legends surrounding the castle.