Bahla Fort, one of the four major forts in Oman and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bahla is a fortified oasis town in Northern Oman, best known for its immense 14th-century fortress and for a unique style of pottery.


The fortress and the town are enclosed by the extensive remnants of a 12-km long fortified wall. Most buildings in the town are constructed of traditional mud brick, many of them hundreds of years old. The best view of the fortifications and the fortress can be had from just outside the western entrance, near the Jabrin junction.

Bahla is also known in Oman as Madinat Al Sehr ('City of Magic') due to its long association with djinn and sorcerers, an association continuing to the present day.


Get in

Bahla is bisected by Highway 21, about halfway between Nizwa and Ibri.


Doorway in Jabrin Castle



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