Khasab is a city in an enclave of Oman bordering the United Arab Emirates. It is the capital of the Musandam peninsula and has been dubbed the “Norway of Arabia” because of its fjord-like craggy inlets and desolate mountainscapes. But I’m here to visit its fort.
Khasab Fort was built by the Portuguese in the seventeenth century as part of their efforts to control passing maritime trade. The fort was originally on the seafront, though the waters have since receded a considerable distance. In the center of the courtyard stands the fort’s most unusual feature: a large and completely detached circular tower, built to provide an additional refuge in case the outer walls were breached.
Photos taken December 2015 (Nikon D7100).
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