Time Required : Less than 1 hour
Entry Fee : Entry strictly by permit
The massive Al Jalali Fort, also known as Ash Sharqiya Fort, was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Interestingly it once used to be a prison which has been converted to a heritage private museum. Being located on the harbour, the Al Jalali Fort offers a beautiful view of the entire city of Muscat. The only entrance to this place is through a steep flight of stairs in the front. The entry to this fort is strictly by permit only. You can apply to the Ministry Of National Heritage through the contact page on their website.
During specific palace military occasions, bagpipers are seen to put up a show at the Al Jalali Fort battlements with the Royal Dhow and Yacht being sailed into the harbour with complete grandiosity. The lights from the fire-works make the mighty fortress come alive and look gorgeous on such nights.
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