Nakhal Fort, Oman, Al Batinah South Governorate, Oman 

Nakhal Fort is one of the most magnificent forts in Oman and one of the most popular ones to visit after Nizwa Fort and Jabrin Castle. The exact date in which this ancient fort was built is unknown, but many believe that it was built in pre-Islamic times, i.e. more than 1500 years ago. The fort is located in Nakhal, a palm oasis about 120 KM away from Muscat.

The fort, also known as Husn Al Heem, was named after the state of Nakhal where it exists above the old village of Nakhl. It has a history which dates back to the pre-Islamic period when it was originally built by the Sassanids as a bulwark against incursions by Arab tribes. Imams of Wadi Bani Kharous and the Ya’arubah dynasty resided here in the past. Over the centuries, it underwent many renovations and improvements. It was reconstructed by Omani architects in the 17th century. Initially built as a protective measure for an area oasis and nearby trade routes, it passes through the regional capital of Nizwa. The gateway and towers seen now were extensions built in 1834 attributed to imam Said bin Sultan. In 1990, it was fully renovated.

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