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Well Known Historical Places in Oman – The Country's Most Amazing Attractions

Oman is a country that still retains much of the ancient Arabic magic. Home to many well preserved historical sites the country is a culture buffs haven. Check out our list of the best places. πŸœπŸ•Œ

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Ras Musandam Fjords

Ras Musandam Fjords

Musandam fjord Photo By Eckhard Pecher (Own work) CC BY 2.5, CC BY 2.0 de, GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is a peninsula that is separate from the rest of the country. The place is popular for its stunning desert fjords and mountain backdrops.

The waters of the fjords are an exceptional cobalt blue and a treat to navigate via a traditional wooden dhow.

Between Musandam and Muscat is a daily ferry service which one can take for a day's visit to the place while Telegraph Island which was deserted in 1870 was once part of the British Empire.

As a fun fact it's good to know that the isolated Musandam Peninsula is slowly sinking while the capital city Khasab was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century. Owing to its stunning fjords the place is popularly called the 'Norway of Arabia'. πŸ›Άβ›΅οΈ

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Khasab Fortress

Khasab Fortress

Khasab Fort , Photo by shankar s. via Flickr , (CC BY 2.0)

The capital city of Ras Musandam is Khasab; the fortress is its most iconic attraction and is easily accessed by the fast ferry service from Muscat.

Of all local cultural tourist attractions in Oman, this is one of the most popular; especially since the rebuilt fortress is now anything but 'stunning'. It is located close to the Old Souk and was built in 1623 by the Portuguese.

The place also serves as the Musandam Cultural Museum and is enhanced by huge wooden dhows that are seen outside the fort; learn more about this fascinating place at Well Known Places and plan your visit as it is well worth exploring when in Oman.

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Explore Muscat

Explore Muscat

Muscat Gate Museum By Tristan from Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Masqat Gate) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Muscat is not just the capital of Oman it is the country's most historic location. Muscat is considered a relaxing and soothing port city, boasting beautiful vistas of seaside fortresses and buildings with rustic East African style wooden balconies.

A few days here will reward you with loads of experiences and encounters at the local markets, museums, galleries, forts and ancient mosques.

Muscat dates back to the 6th millennium BC and faces the Arabian Sea; it was run by the Portuguese for over a century. πŸ•

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Masirah Island

Masirah Island

Masirah Island , Photo by Marlon Cureg , Flickr, (CC BY 2.0)

A lost in time ambience and rustic surroundings make Masirah Island one of the best locations for enjoying a lazy sojourn. Enjoy exploring this island which gives off a vibe of being in the middle of nowhere.

The island is in fact, bereft of touristy crowds; hence some time on the Indian Ocean in truly tranquil settings are yours to enjoy.

Visit some of the isolated beaches around the island and you may be lucky enough to spot turtles laying eggs in holes dug into the sand. πŸŒ…

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Jebel Akhdar Mountain

Jebel Akhdar Mountain

By Andries Oudshoorn CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Jebel Akhdar translates to 'Green Mountain' and it truly is one of the most beautiful precincts in Oman.

The historical mountains hold remnants of past civilizations and is a must visit if you are a nature lover or culture buff.

Extending a distance of 300kms from north to southeast the place boasts 6000 year old rock art- work sites within the mountains. πŸ”πŸ—»