The Sohar Fort is a true landmark and must see for any tourist visiting Oman. Located in the city of Sohar, a once thriving Islamic port town, and home to the legendary sailor Sinbad, the Sohar Fort is one of the largest forts in Oman. Hotels in the area are all in close proximity to a number of tourist attractions in the city itself, such as the traditional souq (or marketplace) or parks, however there are a number of top hotels in Oman that have beach frontage while being accessible to these attractions too. While Oman is known for its immaculate beaches, and water sports, attractions such as the camel races, and the bull fighting contest, may interest the thrill seeker.
Dating back to the end of the 13th century, the Sohar Fort played an important role in the history of Oman because of its unique location, overlooking the bay. Not only was this a good vantage point, this made the fort difficult to attack. Interestingly, there is an escape tunnel that leads to the Wilayat of Buraimi from the Sohar Fort, which was used to smuggle in supplies and reinforcements in the event of a siege. The current aspects of the Fort were built during the Portuguese rule of Oman.
The Sohar Fort also boasts a museum which displays a number of artifacts not only in relation to the city of Sohar, but to the Sultanate of Oman too. A number of artifacts found during archeological excavations in the Sohar Fort, such as old coins, and a number of other areas in Oman, are on display. The museum also showcases the important relationship with Canton, China due to the copper trade and Oman’s rich copper deposits. It also highlights the importance of Omani seafarers and their role in spreading the Islamic religion to various areas across the globe.
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