A visit to Oman is incomplete without travelling to the enchanting city of Sohar, the ancient capital of the country. The Sohar Fort is situated here and is one which holds a rich historical significance. It is also believed to be the birthplace of the adventurous sailor, Sinbad.
Located on the beach, the Sohar Fort is a distinguished historical landmark that dates back to the 13th century. The fort resembles the features of Portuguese architecture and it is considered to be one of the most important forts in the Al Batinah North Governorate.
The site is a great piece of architecture that was built by a prince named Hormuz during the rule of Baha Al Din Ayaelle. The building that is tightly knit with the Omani heritage is painted pure white which undoubtedly brings out the majesty of the structure. Consisting of four floors, five round towers and one square tower, it houses the tomb of Sayyid Thuwani bin Said, who was an emperor. The site also includes a museum, showcasing artefacts and giving out information on the city.
The museum inside the fort offers interesting information and pieces that highlights the copper trade in the city, and showcases collections of seafaring equipment and medieval weapons. This well known attraction is open to the public between Saturday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm and on Fridays at 8am to 11am.
Sohar is also well known for its beautiful beaches and the lush greenery in its parks. You can also catch some action if you are lucky to spot a camel race or bull fighting contest during your stay.
If you are hoping to travel to the region, make note to choose your Oman hotel wisely. While you will come across many Oman hotels one of the best that travellers can stay at is Al Wadi Hotel Sohar. Not only is this hotel located in one of the most interesting cities in Oman but it also offers you a great base from which to explore this part of the Middle East. Featuring a wide range of contemporary comforts and conveniences, it offers a truly unforgettable holiday for travellers looking for adventure.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+