Introduction Of Khasab Castle
Khasab Fort is situated in Khasab, Musandam Oman close to the port of Khasab specifically inverse the enormous and forcing Lulu Hypermarket of Khasab. The present type of the castle was worked by the Portuguese in the seventeenth century over an antiquated stronghold worked in old obscure circumstances.
Khasab For Built By Portuguese
Omanis manufactured the present Khasab Castle in the result of the ruins of the old Castle that was developed by the Portuguese in the eleventh century Hijri (the seventeenth century) were a few sections of the old Castle are as yet visible through the roundabout tower that stands in the center of the castle.
The Khasab was colonized by the Portuguese as a major aspect of their arrangement to take control over the Strait of Hormuz, however, they were expelled from Khasab by the Omanis around the year 1624. From that time the khasab castle is in the control of Omanis. The castle was first redesigned in the year 1990 and afterward again created to its present state in the year 2007.
Army Base To Battle The Portuguese
Khasab Castle was utilized by the Omanis as an army base to battle the Portuguese and later all the while as a home of the Wali of Khasab and as a city jail. The present castle highlights a round and hollow focal tower in the inside and a square-molded external divider. The present castle compound elements a show about the historical backdrop of Musandam, a model of a customary hoisted summer house, a model of a date stockpiling (Bait Al Quful), an old archives presentation, and many rooms showing adornments, garments, weapons, kitchen hardware, wedding improvements, and a Quran learning school.
Specification of the Khasab Castle
The present castle consists of four main strongholds. The middle tower of the castle has been renovated to make it a museum for displaying many handicrafts and archeological collections that are the history of Musandam Governorate. The housing facilities are also renovated in the castle and have been converted into a furnished home that contains the specific furniture of the castle and also include an exhibition of the traditional clothes and embellishments of the Musandam.
Model Of Bayt Al Qufal
A model of Bayt Al Qefel (the bolt house) is built in the courtyard of the castle that displays the types of boats that are well known for Musandam governorate, alongside a model of the Al-Arish suspended house. A well has been burrowed that exhibits the strategy for drawing water from it, in addition to it, a customary broiler and hand process (a hand process is a processor made of shake or strong stone as two roundabout grindstones, the best one of which spins on the lower. A gap in the focal point of the stones was the place a metal peg was embedded for turning the plant by hand).
Old Boats Inside Khasab Fort
Inside the courtyard of the castle three traditional boats called Battil, Mashuwwah and Zaruqah are displayed for the visitors to get know about the history of Musandam peninsula. These boats are actually originated from the village of Kumzar that is situated in the northern part of the Musandam and also contains a large of canons and old boats that are displayed at the entrance of the khasab fort/castle.
Battile Boat In Khasab Fort
The Battle vessels were noted for their speed and were prominent for battling and sneaking and additionally to fish, pearling and water-front exchanging. This boat was worked in Kumzar around 1970. The Battil has a lovely cowrie-shell design around the head and rudder which are run of the mill of Musandam.
The Mashuwwah boat is an adjustment of prior, twofold finished vessels. It can be paddled, cruised, or fitted with a detachable motor. This Mashuwwah was utilized as a part of Khasab harbor to ship products and individuals forward and backward amongst mooring and shore. In days past, such vessels were utilized as “ship’s water crafts” on maritime load dhows where they filled in as rafts and gave methods for conveying between ships adrift. Amid the long sail to east African ports, the ship’s woodworker would regularly utilize his extra time on load up to assemble a Mashuwwah to offer toward the finish of the voyage.
Vessels of the Zaruqah class, for example, this one worked in Khasab in the mid-1900s are as yet a typical sight in the coves of Musandam where they are the favored fishing vessel. They are calm in the water and simple to move and are appropriate for use by a solitary fisher or a team of up to four rowers and 2-4 net handlers. A shore of fish wandering into one of Musandam’s profound sounds can be quickly encompassed by nets laid out by a Zaruqah. A spotter is frequently situated high in the neighboring precipices to help manage the group to their catch.
Modern Replica Of A Traditional Barasti
Along these three traditional boats in the courtyard of the castle, there is also a modern replica of a traditional Barasti (palm thatch) that is called summer house and is constructed by using the stone pillars with the permeable wall that are made from the branches of palm.
Display Of Traditional Culture
One of the parts of the castle also displays the traditional culture of Musandam peninsula featuring colorful rugs, crockery, and some mannequins. There is also a display of an apothecary’s shop in the castle.
Khasab Castle Round Tower
An extensive and totally separated round tower remains the focal point of the yard. This is intended to give an extra refuge on the off chance that the external dividers are ruptured. Inside this tower are useful and intriguing displays covering different parts of Musandam’s geography, culture, and history.
One Of The Most Enjoyable Forts
Visitors always find the Khasab fort to be one of the most enjoyable forts to visit in the Oman, it is extremely well maintained and hosts many exhibits that illustrate many aspects of old Khasab and Oman. It is to be recommended that visitors should never miss out visiting this great fort on the visit of Musandam Peninsula. If you are looking to visit Khasab fort you will need to buy visitor pass that cost 500 Omani Paisa (half Omani Royal) and can be obtained on arrival from Khasab Fort office.