Bahla Fort is a historic fortress situated at the foot of Djebel Akhdar in Oman. The fort was built in 13th and 14th centuries, it is been said after the construction of the fort, the oasis of Bahla prospered under Banu Nebhan tribe. The fortress is protected with thick and high wall. The Bahla Fort is also titled as World Heritage structure.
About the Fort
The Bahla Fort at Oman is one of the biggest and the oldest fort in the country. Today, it is inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage structure. According to the officials, it was built in early 500 BC. It can be reached in 2-hours of drive from Muscat.
In 1987, the fort was titled as UNESCO World Heritage Site. After then, the fort was restored several times. As per the history, Nabhani tribe restored in the 13th century and Yarubi Tribe restored in the 17th century. Then in the 19th century was restored by Busaidi Tribe. Then later, in second half of last century the fort went into a bad situation. The Omani Government then undertook the restoration project in year 1988 and was finally completed in the year 2012.
The Bahla Fort was then open for visitors in the year 2012. But the fort does not hold proper labels or description to explore the fort with proper guidance. The labels should be seen after official inauguration. The fort has several towers, wells and mosque in its premises. The compound of the fort is also huge and requires plenty of 3-4hours to explore its history or examine each room. The oldest part of the fort is known as Al Qabasah which is 5-story of structure with collection of room.
The fort proudly stands as a greatest example of Omani architecture. It is still not that entertaining to visit this fort, as other popular forts like Nizwa Fort offer gallery section and details of the fort to get in depth of!
Getting to Bahla Fort is easy, travelling from Muscat will be more convenient. One must follow the signs going to Nizwa and then follow directions to Bahla fort. It is a small fort and is visible from a distance.