Jibreen Castle
Jibreen Castle
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  • AucklandWiz
    Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A WONDERFUL CASTLE FULL OF HISTORY
    I had visited Nizwa Fort already and wondered if I needed to see another. I am glad I did as I liked Jabreen Castle more than Nizwa Fort. It just made more sense and had other architectural embellishments that made it interesting like the ceilings etc. A lot of history here and beautifully presented. Lovely framed views out the castle windows to palm plantations. Again we were only of a handful of people visiting which made it easy and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2024
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful fortified palace
    Our visit to Jabreen was part of our Private Full Day Nizwa Fort Nizwa Souq Bahla Fort Jabreen Castle. After visiting we decided that calling it a castle was really a misnomer, in the UK it would have been a fortified manor house. The outer wall was quite low and more for show than defence while the interior was beautifully decorated and a palace type residence. The ceilings in some of the rooms were beautifully painted and others had ornate plasterwork or stone inscriptions. Some rooms were furnished with carpets, travelling chests and books and there was also a small armoury to visit. The exhibition in one of the rooms told about the castle's founder, Imam Bil'arab-bin Sultan al-Yarubi in the seventeenth century. He is actually buried in the castle and he helped expand Oman as far as the coast of Mozambique, building the countries wealth through trading in slaves. He defeated the Portugese and even raided as far as India as well as expanding trade and education. The rooms in Jabreen Castle were brighter than either of the previous forts, with tall windows in most rooms and the place had a lovely feel to it, despite being another warren. Interestingly, none of the places we visited today had a hamman, just bathrooms for sluicing yourself clean with water. My favourite feature and perhaps the one that made it most homey, was the open central courtyard. This was a beautiful and tranquil area in the middle of the fort that was immersed in shade but still plenty bright enough, just without some of the heat.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
  • WonderfulWorld59
    Lee's Summit, Missouri442 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Well-Renovated Castle with Beautiful Painted Wood Ceilings in Rooms On The Upper Floors!
    An interesting site that was surprisingly busy on a Friday morning. Despite the crowd of students having fun, the staff were particularly gracious and eager to help. We enjoyed the well-renovated rooms on the main level. However, I was unable to visit the upper floors due to the particularly steep staircase (not compatible with bad knees). Fortunately, my personal photographer - aka my hubby - went up to take photos. The painted wooden ceilings are particularly beautiful and furnished rooms help to define the function and scale of the spaces. As this site attracts more visitors, investing in a lift would be a welcomed addition to increase the accessibility of the upper floors.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, California1,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool for our whole family
    Really enjoyed (self) touring Jibreen Castle. Our toddler did too! (Walking up and down the many staircases, looking at the pillows, looking out the windows...). Some of the rooms were adorned with rugs and brightly colored pillows, an old mirror, furniture, pottery. Well-maintained. A lot of rooms to see (and nice views from the various rooftops/lookouts). Friendly man running the coffee stand (who gave our toddler a few biscuits for free). Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 April 2024
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Really enjoyed (self) touring Jibreen Castle. Our toddler did too! (Walking up and down the many staircases, looking at the pillows, looking out the windows...). Some of the rooms were adorned with rugs and brightly colored pillows, an old mirror, furniture, pottery. Well-maintained. A lot of rooms to see (and nice views from the various rooftops/lookouts). Friendly man running the coffee stand (who gave our toddler a few biscuits for free).

Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written 30 April 2024
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Ali Nazifpour
Tehran, Iran30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
There are many historical forts and castles in Oman. This one was my favorite. The architecture of these castles capture the historical culture of the time. The castle is designed in a way to protect from the outside. Every single place, including the mosque, is armed and ready to be defended, and every aspect of life can be protected inside the castle. Even the stables are inside. The architecture reveals a very protective culture that was constantly at war with the outside. The castle also reveals the absolute power of the imam who was simultaneously the religious and political leader and therefore all aspects of social life including the judiciary are enclosed within the stone walls of the castle. This warlike and harsh lifestyle seems to be in very harsh contrast with the modern life of Omanis who seem to be very tranquil, peaceful, and welcoming people.

Overall it's very rare for one place to include this much information and culture in one place. Definitely recommended.
Written 28 April 2024
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WonderfulWorld59
Lee's Summit, MO442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An interesting site that was surprisingly busy on a Friday morning. Despite the crowd of students having fun, the staff were particularly gracious and eager to help. We enjoyed the well-renovated rooms on the main level. However, I was unable to visit the upper floors due to the particularly steep staircase (not compatible with bad knees). Fortunately, my personal photographer - aka my hubby - went up to take photos. The painted wooden ceilings are particularly beautiful and furnished rooms help to define the function and scale of the spaces. As this site attracts more visitors, investing in a lift would be a welcomed addition to increase the accessibility of the upper floors.
Written 21 March 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our visit to Jabreen was part of our Private Full Day Nizwa Fort Nizwa Souq Bahla Fort Jabreen Castle. After visiting we decided that calling it a castle was really a misnomer, in the UK it would have been a fortified manor house. The outer wall was quite low and more for show than defence while the interior was beautifully decorated and a palace type residence.

The ceilings in some of the rooms were beautifully painted and others had ornate plasterwork or stone inscriptions. Some rooms were furnished with carpets, travelling chests and books and there was also a small armoury to visit. The exhibition in one of the rooms told about the castle's founder, Imam Bil'arab-bin Sultan al-Yarubi in the seventeenth century. He is actually buried in the castle and he helped expand Oman as far as the coast of Mozambique, building the countries wealth through trading in slaves. He defeated the Portugese and even raided as far as India as well as expanding trade and education.

The rooms in Jabreen Castle were brighter than either of the previous forts, with tall windows in most rooms and the place had a lovely feel to it, despite being another warren. Interestingly, none of the places we visited today had a hamman, just bathrooms for sluicing yourself clean with water. My favourite feature and perhaps the one that made it most homey, was the open central courtyard. This was a beautiful and tranquil area in the middle of the fort that was immersed in shade but still plenty bright enough, just without some of the heat.
Written 18 March 2024
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AucklandWiz
Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I had visited Nizwa Fort already and wondered if I needed to see another. I am glad I did as I liked Jabreen Castle more than Nizwa Fort. It just made more sense and had other architectural embellishments that made it interesting like the ceilings etc. A lot of history here and beautifully presented. Lovely framed views out the castle windows to palm plantations. Again we were only of a handful of people visiting which made it easy and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.
Written 5 January 2024
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Hafi
Muscat, Oman15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I have visited jabreen castle many times before.. I love the history of it.. whenever I visit this place with family or friends it's just mesmerising takes my breath away.. definitely a MUST place to visit..
Written 26 September 2023
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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland16,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Jabreen Castle is a beautiful fortification located just south of Bahla. It features beautiful interior and mighty defensive walls.
Written 8 March 2023
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Visiting Jibreen Castle (also spelled Jabreen) was a highlight of my journey around Oman. With all of the rooms and the fascinating history of the castle and Imam Bel’arab bin Sultan Al Yarubi, who had the castle constructed in 1670, it is best to use a guide or an audio guide.

During my visit, I learned that the wood ceilings utilized teak and mahogany from Tunisia and Zanzibar. Gypsum was also among the materials used to build the castle. The first floor included a lovely library and a sitting room as well as a jail. The steps to the second floor included steps that could trip intruders and provide sound to alert the Sultan to the intruders. That was important since the Sultan’s suite was on the second floor!

The castle also included a dining room, separate jails for men and women, a Madrasah and the Imam’s Tomb. The room I found most impressive was the Sun & Moon room with its intricately designed wood ceiling, seven windows and high ceiling. There was also comfortable seating for guests.

To ensure the castle was self contained, there was even a courtroom with the judge’s bench, scales of justice and a small exit door for those who were convicted.

Naturally the Omani flag was proudly displayed at the upper tower of the castle. I learned that the colors of the flag represented the following: Red-blood shed for the country; Green-fertility of the land; White-Peace. The two swords are the symbol of the royal family.

This castle provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of the great Sultanate of Oman.
Written 25 August 2022
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Monty Stoller
Stäfa, Switzerland363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We visited as part of our Oman trip the fort "Jabreen", which was built at the end of the 17th century. The complex is very well preserved and is also very well maintained. Various rooms with artistically decorated windows and ceiling graphics can be admired. An audio guide with various languages is included in the entrance fee.
The visit of this palace is absolutely recommended!
Written 1 June 2022
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MrMoss
Burnley, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Visited on our way from Nizwa to Muscat, so glad we stopped. This restored gem, unlike it’s original intention, is such a peaceful and beautiful place to spend time. The photos simply don’t do it justice.
Written 21 May 2022
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