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Nizwa is a historic city in Northern Oman.
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Points of Interest in Nizwá
- Nizwa Fort, ☎ +968 26 5411844. Sa-Th 9am-4pm, F 9am-11am. Built in 1668 by Imam Sultan bin Saif al Ya'rubi, this imposing fort is one of Oman's most-visited national monuments. In the early 1950s the large round tower of the fort was bombed by the British Royal Air Force during the revolt. It houses a museum, and from the tower there are good views of Nizwa and the surrounding date plantations. OMR0.50.
- Falaj Daris, Hwy 21 (northern outskirts of Nizwa). One of five aflaj, gravity-fed irrigation systems which are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this falaj has been in operation since at least 500 CE, although it is believed a similar irrigation system has been used in the area since 2500 BCE. A pleasant park has been created around one section of the falaj, and makes an ideal spot for a picnic. Free.
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Nizwa was the captial of Oman in the 6th and 7th century. In the 17th century an imposing fort was built by Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'ribi. In the early 1950s the large round tower of the fort was bombed and the British Royal Air Force was requested to assist in the supression of the revolt. Since the 1970s, Nizwa has become a more modern city although maintaining strong traditional architecture.
- Nizwa Souq (near the castle). early morning until 11:30. This lively souq has separate sections for vegetables, meat, and pottery. The eastern sections are the most atmospheric as they have not yet been renovated.
- Goat Souq (a round structure near the main souq). Th & F mornings. Be there at around 07:30 and you can enjoy the last hour of the goat market. Business is brisk with a lot of shouting, haggling and handslaps. Truly Arabian and wonderful.
- Bahjat Al Sham, Hwy 21 (next to the Al Diyar Hotel), ☎ +968 25 412409. Good, inexpensive international menu. Unlicensed.
- Lulu Hypermarket, ☎ +968 25 415900, fax: +968 25 415999. Sa-Th 8am-11:45pm; F 8am-11am, 4:30pm-11:45pm. Has a full hot and cold deli. This is a good place to stock up if you're heading into the mountains for a couple of days.
Nizwa is famous for its handcrafted silver khanjars (daggers), and noted for silver craftsmanship in general. You can find good pieces at the souq, but you'll have to bargain hard. The souq is also a good source for antiques, including Maria Theresa thalers, once used as Oman's official currency.
Vanilla, saffron, spices, dried lemons and nuts of all types are also good purchases, and can be found in the older section of the souq. This is also a good place to pick up some of Nizwa's prized dates.
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