Barka Castle

Barka Castle lies in the coastal town of the same name, in the Al Batinah South Governorate in Oman.

Barka Castle dates back to the late 17th century. The first castle built at this site was smaller and called Ya'arubi. That first castle was built by Imam Saif bin Sultan as a defence against Persian and Portuguese invaders.

In 1748 the governor of Sohar; Ahmad Al Bu Said, a promoted merchant, signed a trick agreement with the Persians. To celebrate the agreement he invited them to a great feast in the castle. After the Persians had feasted themselves witless, the Omanis slaughtered them. Ahmad's position was therefore consolidated and he founded the Al Bu Said dynasty in 1749. He also enlarged and strengthened the castle after which it was named Al Bu Said.

Barka Castle is now situated only some 100 meters from the seashore and it protected the town together with several watch towers. The old souq is right next to it.

At present Barka Castle is being restored and can therefore not be entered. I managed to visit its interior by paying a heavy fee to a fraudulent caretaker, but hey, I got in! A great castle, I especially liked the octagonal keep. Recommended!


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Barka Castle

Barka Castle lies in the coastal town of the same name, in the Al Batinah South Governorate in Oman.

Barka Castle dates back to the late 17th century. The first castle built at this site was smaller and called Ya'arubi. That first castle was built by Imam Saif bin Sultan as a defence against Persian and Portuguese invaders.

In 1748 the governor of Sohar; Ahmad Al Bu Said, a promoted merchant, signed a trick agreement with the Persians. To celebrate the agreement he invited them to a great feast in the castle. After the Persians had feasted themselves witless, the Omanis slaughtered them. Ahmad's position was therefore consolidated and he founded the Al Bu Said dynasty in 1749. He also enlarged and strengthened the castle after which it was named Al Bu Said.

Barka Castle is now situated only some 100 meters from the seashore and it protected the town together with several watch towers. The old souq is right next to it.

At present Barka Castle is being restored and can therefore not be entered. I managed to visit its interior by paying a heavy fee to a fraudulent caretaker, but hey, I got in! A great castle, I especially liked the octagonal keep. Recommended!


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