Nizwa Fort is one of the oldest forts in Oman and has a unique large round shape. The fort was built by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Y’aribi in the middle of the seventeenth century, who expelled the Portuguese from Oman. Two cannons guard the entrance to the fort, which opens into a maze of rooms, high-ceilinged halls, doorways, terraces, narrow staircases and corridors. Four cannons remain on the tower’s top, down from a total of 24, which once served as the fort’s main firepower. They provided 360-degree coverage of the countryside, making it virtually impossible for a surprise attack on the fort without provoking a reply from the cannons.
(Nikon D7100, December 2015)