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Report - Bowsher Fort, Muscat, Oman.

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by HughieD, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    A bit more Omani urbex for ya. This is the old fort at Bowsher, near Oman's capital city Muscat. It was difficult to find. I'd seen pictures of it and what attracted me to it was that, unlike a lot of old forts in Oman, it hadn't been restored up to the eyeballs and looked like a true "ruin". The first difficulty in finding the place was that there are, as far as I can see, about four alternative ways of spelling Bosher/Bawshar/Bausher/Bousher! The second confusion is that there are two forts in the area. On the first mission to find the fort I ended up at the perfectly restored "Bait Al Maqgam" fort which is all nice and good but too 'clean' and also private. I then established it was the Portuguese-designed "Al Fetah" fort that I was after. On my second sortie with the meter on the incredibly expensive taxi ticking away and dusk slowly falling, I came across some locals who knew where the fort in question was. Although it is near habitation, the old crumbling fort is far from a tourist attraction and has been left to quietly just crumble away, like many abandoned old Omani buildings. Just like finding the fort itself, I have also struggled to find any information/history about the place itself, apart from the fact that it is located the base of 'White Mountain' (part of the Jebel A' Sharqee) outside Muscat.

    Time to get on with the pictures themselves…

    General view of the fort:

    [​IMG]img0331 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Outbuildings constructed using traditional Omani building techniques:

    [​IMG]img0332 by HughieDW, on Flickr




    …slowly being reclaimed by nature:

    [​IMG]img0330 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Closer overview of the fort:

    [​IMG]img0333 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    One of the two circular towers:

    [​IMG]img0334 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    The beautifully carved entrance door frame:

    [​IMG]img0335 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Inside most of the floors have gone and it's just down to the walls:

    [​IMG]img0336 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    There's some original floor here, perhaps not the best place to hang around though:

    [​IMG]img0337 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    The odd floor posts here and there:

    [​IMG]img0338 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    The second of the two circular towers:

    [​IMG]img0339 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    The other tower has a rather telling split down it:

    [​IMG]img0340 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    Bye bye Bowsher fort, however you spell your name!

    [​IMG]img0341 by HughieDW, on Flickr
     
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    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    Might just be me, but your images aren't loading
     
  3. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Ooops. Cheers for the heads-up. Rectified now...
     
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    Looks like an interesting place!
     
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    Beautiful place. It's a shame there isn't much info available on it. I'm glad you got to document it. Looks like its days are numbered.
     
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    Cheers mate. Searched high and low and couldn't find much on this place. I guess it's because these places are ten-a-penny in Oman. However a lot of forts there have been completely restored - over restored in my mind - but this one was probably too far out the way and far gone.
     
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