Located in the Dofar Province of Oman is the ancient port city of Al-Baleed. Al-Baleed is one of the most historic and archaeologically significant locations in Oman, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2000. Representing a bygone era in Omani culture, history and architecture, the port of Al-Baleed is sure to leave any visitor amazed.
An Important Port
Historic records indicate that the port of Al-Baleed was one of the most popular ports around the 11th and 12th Centuries. Artifacts found at this ancient site which has their origins in China, and other parts of Asia, substantiating the claim that the ancient port of Al-Baleed was one an important link in the “Silk Route by the Sea”, that connected the West and the East.
After the 13thCentury, the port of Al-Baleed was attacked several times by invaders and pirates. Regardless of the city’s impressive defenses, the city very existence was soon threatened. With these factors resulting in the decline of Al-Baleed, the city was dealt the final blow when the European nations imposed changes to sailing routes, thereby effectively ending the prominence of the port city of Al-Baleed.
Architecture and Archeology
If you pay the small entrance fee and visit the remains of the once great port of Al-Baleed, you will see lots of piles of rocks which lay in ruins. This is indicative of the many stone structures that stood proudly during the golden days of Al-Baleed. One of the most popular sites is the ruins of what has been regarded as a large court mosque. It is said that the mosque had over 148 pillars, and many of the remains of these mighty stone pillars are there even today.
If you are based in one of the conveniently located Salalah hotels such as the plush Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, you definitely should visit Al-Baleed as it is being transformed into an educational site where you learn from its history and ruins.
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