Oman, Islamic New Year

With the possibility of a 3 day weekend, we headed out for a days exploring towards the Sumail/Jebel Akhdar region of Oman.

The weather previously had been a little cooler - but today at noon it was still quite a warm 39C (106F-ish)

After taking a wrong turn, I then compounding the mistake by making another mistake - and amazingly we found ourselves by an old deserted village.

The people were still living close by - just not in the old part of town. So we set off to explore.

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We parked next to a rather shiny and new looking mosque - which had a lovely car park - next to it seemed a natural entrance into the old town.

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After carefully stepping through the gap (I am always mindful of snakes in such quiet at possibly cool places), a wonderful street greeted us - alas quiet now, but it was easy to imagine a time not too past when this would have been a busy thoroughfare.

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Grand Tower

A few meters down the street we saw a rather grand tower - which rather beckoned us to explore.

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Alas time is not being kind to such buildings, and care was needed when walking around. On the roof rafters Arabic writing (Quran based I would guess, and some art patterns abounded).

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After we passed through the tower - we were greeted with am impressive gate - a double set of sturdy doors - presumably meaning something or someone of importance used to live there.

The artwork on the door was still very impressive.

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Well Well !!

Roughly in the middle of the town was the well, I dropped a small pebble in - but did not hear the splash of water.

Next to this another house slowly deteriorated - yet at the same time maintained an air of defiance - resisting the elements.

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Also designed to resist were the battlements of the village - still looking very formidable. izki

Old Town Mosque

The largest and possibly tallest part of the town, appeared to be an old Mosque. As I found another well (so you can wash prior to praying) that confirmed my suspicion.

Note the Islamic Crescent design on the doorpost.

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Mountain Time

We next popped up the Mountain izki