The Al Jalali and Al Mirani Forts were built during the
Portuguese colonial rule of Oman during the 16th Century, and now
are beautiful windows into that era. They are situated on either
side of a palace giving a fotified appearence to Muscat's harbour.
The forts are examples of traditional architecture: and Al Jalali,
especially, is bedecked with traditional doors, rugs and pottery.
Both Al Jalali and Al Mirani have ancient war memorabilia such as
armour and weapons on display. Their strategic position on a
mountain overlooking the harbour gives tourists commanding views of
the city and Arabian Sea below. Opening times can be fickle but
many undeterred tourists enjoy the scenery from outside their
Address: Qasr Al Alam Street Opening Time: Various Admission: Free
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