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Al Mirani Fort, Muscat..

Flanking His Majesty the Sultan's Al Alam Palace, the Mirani fort, Muscat along with its twin Al Jalali Fort,situated on high rocks along the coast, towers above any other structure along the Muscat harbour. These splendid edifices once served as bastions in the defence of Muscat harbour and the old city. Now, proud monuments of that glorious era of Omani gallantry and its martial heritage, the twin forts are a singular tourist attraction as well.

Their harbour-front location, together with the Palace and other historical landmarks of Muscat's old quarter, seem like elements from a picture postcard.Otherwise called the 'Western Fort', Mirani soars a notch above Al Jalali fort, towering above the surrounding landscape. From its pinnacle, there are breathtaking views of the harbour, as well as the entire old city in the protective embrace of the surrounding mountains.

 

Barring a few watchtowers atop their craggy summits, no other man-made structure appears to soar higher than the Mirani.Like Al Jalali fort, the present Mirani edifice was built on the ruins of an Omani fortification. Following the Portuguese conquest of Muscat in the 15th and 16th centuries, the structure was bolstered in tune with advances in military warfare of those times, especially in cannon warfare.

 

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Taken on March 1, 2011