The Bahla Fort

The Bahla Fort
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Old places dating back to the ancient civilizations are definitely a good place to visit as a tourist destination. Paying tribute not only to the people behind constructing these buildings as well the structure themselves for withstanding time and difficult conditions is appropriate so that they will not just lie on history books but also remembered by many for serving an important part in the history and eventually development of our culture to what it is today.

In Oman, there are four historic fortresses located on the Djebel Akhdar highlands. The structures were built during the 13th and 14th centuries. The Bahla Fort is one of these structures and the adobe ruins and tower rise 165 feet above the foundations which are made from sandstones. The fortress was not conserved until 1987 which led to mass destruction of many parts of the structure, especially during the rainy season.

The restoration of the area was facilitated as it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Because it was included in the endangered sites, restoration began during the 1990s. For many years, it has been closed to the public and access to the area was allowed only for the experts who did many reconstructions to save the fortress. Finally in 2004, it was removed from the list of sites in danger.

Visiting the site can be a tranquil source of relaxation for tourists. The area is lined by a long adobe wall and palm trees. A tour in the place will take about an hour. The area is also popular for finding pottery for sale, so you may find yourself a great deal after haggling over the price for a wonderful treasure to add on your collection.

The place is surely a great tourist destination and a visit will surely be worth it.

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