Mirani Fort
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Krupa C
By Krupa C
Can view only the exterior
Jan 2022
There are two forts, both built by the Portuguese, flanking the Al Alam Palace. The Al Mirani fort comes first as you approach from the Corniche. We accessed it by entering the street leading to the Omani and French Museum which is across the roundabout from Bait Al Zubair museum. The street is quiet and peaceful and stately because this area has all sorts of government offices. Once on that street, admire the official buildings, a blue mosque called Masjid Al-Khor and just to behind the mosque, towering over it is the Al Mirani Fort. It looks cute because of a solid colour, smooth brown surface, making it look like a castle-shaped giant cake. Very cute. But you can check it out only from the outside. We visited in December 2021 and at that time, some kind of renovation work was in full swing. I am guessing that they are readying the fort for public visit by building modern access like elevators and such. No idea when it will be ready. The fort has a car parking adjacent to it. From there you can even glimpse the Al Alam Palace's back side. If you walk in the Palace's direction, you will eventually reach the National Museum. The view of the ocean is great from the car park. In the distance, you might even see a dhow boat close to the harbour, along with cruise liners. If hungry while in this area, check out the two eateries that are near Masjid Madabgah, a minute or two away from the fort. As for toilets, I couldn't spot any and had to request the National Museum staff to allow me to use theirs.

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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,919 contributions
Dec 2022
The fort played an important role in the rivalry between the Ottoman empire (Turkey) and the Portuguese in this region during the 16th century. In 1552 the Ottomans captured Muscat using artillery and destroyed the fort. The Portuguese regained the upper hand again and rebuilt it in 1587. Ever since the cale-like structure with round towers basically did not change.
Written February 27, 2023
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Krupa C
Bengaluru, India214 contributions
Jan 2022
There are two forts, both built by the Portuguese, flanking the Al Alam Palace. The Al Mirani fort comes first as you approach from the Corniche. We accessed it by entering the street leading to the Omani and French Museum which is across the roundabout from Bait Al Zubair museum. The street is quiet and peaceful and stately because this area has all sorts of government offices.

Once on that street, admire the official buildings, a blue mosque called Masjid Al-Khor and just to behind the mosque, towering over it is the Al Mirani Fort. It looks cute because of a solid colour, smooth brown surface, making it look like a castle-shaped giant cake. Very cute. But you can check it out only from the outside.

We visited in December 2021 and at that time, some kind of renovation work was in full swing. I am guessing that they are readying the fort for public visit by building modern access like elevators and such. No idea when it will be ready.

The fort has a car parking adjacent to it. From there you can even glimpse the Al Alam Palace's back side. If you walk in the Palace's direction, you will eventually reach the National Museum. The view of the ocean is great from the car park. In the distance, you might even see a dhow boat close to the harbour, along with cruise liners.

If hungry while in this area, check out the two eateries that are near Masjid Madabgah, a minute or two away from the fort. As for toilets, I couldn't spot any and had to request the National Museum staff to allow me to use theirs.
Written December 11, 2022
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1,904 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
This XVI century Portuguese fort is very well preserved from the exterior (once it cannot be visited). It highlights the presence of the Portuguese in the region. Together with the remaining Portuguese forts it also displays the role it played in the past. It is located on the West side of the old Mascate, with Al Jalali fort located on the East, thus protecting the access to the old city. It is perched on steep cliffs and barely visible from the main quarter right in front of the Al Alam Palace it still seems to overlook.
Written November 20, 2022
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,562 contributions
Mar 2022
Like the nearby Al Jalali Fort, the Al Mirani Fort is a 16th Century Fort was built by the Portuguese in an effort to protect the harbor at what is now Old Muscat. Although Al Mirani Fort ultimately failed to protect the Portuguese from invasion, it is still is a striking structure in Old Muscat though visits inside the Fort are not permitted.
Written August 24, 2022
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Konstantia M
Piraeus, Greece1,574 contributions
Jan 2020
I didn't have the chance to get inside. It is near the palace Al Alam, ideal for a relaxing walk and to take some pictures from the old port.
Written May 26, 2020
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khalil
Muscat, Oman5 contributions
Dec 2019
Tells about Oman History in the past , need to be managed very well and kept modern , it's reflect our culture and explain more and more.
Written February 11, 2020
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shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1,410 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This fort is 5 min walk from Al alam palace, i did not get chance to get in but it is a massive Fort which you can see while walking around. Nothing special but nice
Written January 3, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
Nov 2019
What you expect from a fort built several hundred years ago on the coast by the Portuguese originally and recently restored. A big fort built on a rocky promontory guarding the old harbour. It is just a pity that you can’t get into it to properly appreciate anything or enjoy the views it could give.
Written December 11, 2019
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Marek P
Gdansk, Poland1,920 contributions
Nov 2019
It looks impressive from below, but it looks the most impressive from the sea. Together with the Al-Jalali fort, they are an excellent castle protecting access from the sea! Painted a bit like Christmas gingerbread ;-) Do they like candies in Oman?
Written December 4, 2019
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Proshat H
Tehran, Iran89 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This place is a 5 minute walk from the front area of the palace. I didn't get the chance to visit the inside but an attraction of Muscat which must be seen, I bet it will have a great view from the to as it is located just behind the palace.
Written July 1, 2019
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