It is only recently that the world is becoming truly aware of the rich history and heritage of Oman dating back to 4000 BCE. The country’s numerous desert and maritime settlements, ancient forts, castles and gates are a testament to its historic importance and the influence it wielded in the region. Nizwa Castle is one of these structures and is a reminder of a time when Nizwa was an important town and the castle was a bulwark that stood against invading forces, desiring the wealth of the area.
Additionally 480 gun ports and crenellations for the placement of 120 armed guards safeguarded it from intruders. Comprising of battlements, turrets, secret shafts, false doors, a series of wells, a maze of rooms, high ceilinged halls, secret passageways, narrow doorways and stair cases and terraces, it was a typical fortified castle of the time that used a range of sophisticated building elements to foil and surprise the enemy if they ever happened to enter the castle premises.