Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bahla Fort - Oman

Every card from a new Unesco site is very much appreciated and even more when they come from not so easy to get places. This one is from Oman and it shows the historic fort of Bahla.
The card was sent by Cristina.

Bahla Fort is situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands in Oman. It was built in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the oasis of Bahla was prosperous under the control of the Banu Nebhan tribe.

The fort's ruined adobe walls and towers rise some 165 feet above its sandstone foundations. 
 The fort was not restored or conserved before 1987, and had fallen into a parlous state, with parts of the walls collapsing each year in the rainy season.
The fort became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It was included in the List of World Heritage in Danger from 1988. Restoration works began in the 1990s, and nearly $9m were spent by the Omani government from 1993 to 1999. It remained covered with scaffolding and closed to tourists for many years. It was removed from the list of endangered sites in 2004. - in: wikipedia

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