Jalali Fort, Muscat, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck)
Jalali Fort, Muscat, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck)

The Portuguese Forts in Oman

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Written by Marco Ramerini. Photos by Fritz Gosselck and João Sarmento. English text revision by Dietrich Köster.

Oman is a land rich in fortifications, some of these were built along the Omani coast by the Portuguese in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, often altered from the original forms several forts built or modernized by the Portuguese are still visible today.

Two impressive fortresses are located in the capital of the Sultanate, Muscat, these are the forts of Jalali (São João) and Mirani both built by the Portuguese around 1580. A few kilometers away is the fort of Matrah also built by the Portuguese in the late sixteenth century.

On the Musandam peninsula in the far north, overlooking the Strait of Hormuz, is the village of Khasab, where another fort was built by the Portuguese around 1620.

Mirani Fort, Muscat, Oman. Author and Copyright João Sarmento.

Mirani Fort, Muscat, Oman. Author and Copyright João Sarmento.

Mirani Fort, Muscat, Oman. Author and Copyright João Sarmento

Mirani Fort, Muscat, Oman. Author and Copyright João Sarmento

Mutrah Fort, Oman. Author and Copyright João Sarmento

Mutrah Fort, Oman. Author and Copyright João Sarmento

Khasab Fort, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck).

Khasab Fort, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck).

Suwayq Fort, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck).

Suwayq Fort, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck).

Mutrah Fort, Muscat, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck)

Mutrah Fort, Muscat, Oman (photo © by Fritz Gosselck)

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