Al Hazm Castle

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Just 17km from Al Rustaq, Al Hazm Castle was built as a residence for a local Imam. The castle has been recently restored and visitors can explore its intricately-carved doors, secret passageways and intact water system.

Al Hazm Castle is one of the most magnificent castles in Oman. It was built in 1708 towards the end of the reign of Al Yarubi tribe over Oman when they made Al Rustaq the capital at that time. Located in Al Rustaq in Al Batinah Governorate, about 160 km away from Muscat, the designer of this castle is Imam Sultan bin Saif al Yarubi. Al Hazm Castle is a fortified structure and at the same time it was a palace in which the Imam live in. It is worth noting that Al Hazm Castle is on the Unesco’s list for World Heritage sites along with Al Rustaq Fort.

Though the castle was designed primarily for defence and security purposes, it features delicate artistic architectural elements. This castle was recently renovated and is equipped with digital guides and detailed description of the exhibit. The castle has a square shape with two towers on the north and south corners. The most important feature of the main building of the castle is its intricate Indian wood door. The castle also has a prison, mosque and a religious classroom.

There is also a falaj that runs underneath the castle and provides vital water to many date trees and other agriculture treasures in the area. The castle also has a tomb of the castle’s founder, Imam Sultan bin Saif bin Sultan al Yarubi, who died in 1718, and that of his son, Saif bin Sultan bin Saif Al Yarubi, who died in 1742. The castle showcases some unique engravings and architectural designs that are not seen in other castles. Al Hazm Castle stands as a solid reminder of Oman’s proud history and enduring heritage.