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Nizwa is a city Northern Oman.
Nizwa was the captial of Oman in the 6th and 7th century. In the 17th century an imposing fort was built by Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'ribi. In the early 1950s the large round tower of the fort was bombed and the British Royal Air Force was requested to assist in the supression of the revolt. Since the 1970's, Nizwa has become a more modern city although maintaining strong traditional architecture.
Don't miss the Thursday and Friday morning goat market next to the souq. Be there at around 7:30 and you can enjoy the last hour of the goat market. It happens around a round structure where business is brisk with a lot of shouting, haggling and handslaps. Truly Arabian and wonderful.
The castle close by is also worth a visit, especially for the view of the town.
A stroll in the souq is always worth an hour or two. The old part of the souq houses the spices. Vanilla, safron, dried lemons, nuts of all types--you name it!
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