Al Suwayq Castle

Al Suwayq Castle, sometimes also spelled as Suwaiq, lies in the coastal town of the same name, in the Al Batinah North Governorate in Oman.

Al Suwayq Castle was built around 1620 by the Portuguese. After they were forced out of Oman the castle kept its strategic use. In time it became the residence of the local 'wali' (governor).

In 1829, when the governor was away on business, the castle was attacked by Said bin Sultan Al-Said but bravely defended by the sister of the absent governor; Jukhah bint-Muhammad. In 1861, during a revolt over taxation by the Sultan, she again inspired a brave resistance by the government garrison in the castle, when it was attacked by Thuwaini bin Said, Sultan of Muscat and Oman. Finally a settlement was negotiated and the castle was reoccupied by the Sultan.

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Al Suwayq Castle has a rectangular ground plan with 2 courtyard. The ground level of the southern enclosure is higher than the northern one. The castle is equipped with 3 round corner towers, one square corner tower and a rectangular keep. It is situated only some 200 meters from the sea.

At present Al Suwayq Castle is being restored and can therefore not be visited. Too bad!


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Al Suwayq Castle

Al Suwayq Castle, sometimes also spelled as Suwaiq, lies in the coastal town of the same name, in the Al Batinah North Governorate in Oman.

Al Suwayq Castle was built around 1620 by the Portuguese. After they were forced out of Oman the castle kept its strategic use. In time it became the residence of the local 'wali' (governor).

In 1829, when the governor was away on business, the castle was attacked by Said bin Sultan Al-Said but bravely defended by the sister of the absent governor; Jukhah bint-Muhammad. In 1861, during a revolt over taxation by the Sultan, she again inspired a brave resistance by the government garrison in the castle, when it was attacked by Thuwaini bin Said, Sultan of Muscat and Oman. Finally a settlement was negotiated and the castle was reoccupied by the Sultan.

This is all the historical information I was able to find. If you know more; please mail me.

Al Suwayq Castle has a rectangular ground plan with 2 courtyard. The ground level of the southern enclosure is higher than the northern one. The castle is equipped with 3 round corner towers, one square corner tower and a rectangular keep. It is situated only some 200 meters from the sea.

At present Al Suwayq Castle is being restored and can therefore not be visited. Too bad!


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