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Built in 1670 to serve as the second residence of Imam Bil'arab bin Sultan, Jabrin Castle is one of the jewels of the sultanate, renowned for its painted ceilings, its walls decorated with arabesques with astrological motifs, its stucco or wooden moucharabiehs, its beautifully carved doors: a fine example of Omani architecture. In its heyday, more than 300 people came and went between the crenellated walls of its enclosure, members of the imam's family and small staff. The complex was masterfully restored between 1979 and 1983, and the inhabitants of the surrounding area were relocated and relocated a little further away to make way for a car park. To discover this fortified residential palace, there is nothing like the audioguides provided at the entrance, allowing you to find your way through the maze of stairs, corridors and rooms in a row.

After the main door and a first courtyard, pass through a second wooden door carved in one piece and valiantly guarded by two cannons. Immediately on the left, a small staircase leads to the guard room. Immediately afterwards, a narrow passage leads to the tomb of Imam Bil'arab bin Sultan. Walk to the tomb and then retrace his steps. We then enter the inner courtyard of the castle, which is extended by a hall. The visit begins with this one, at the end on the left. If you look up and widen your eyes, you can see slits on each side of the ceiling: these gaps made it possible to watch the comings and goings at the entrance of the building. If an undesirable person tried to get past the hall, boiling oil or hot date honey was poured over him as a sign of "unwelcome". Then the room where the provisions were kept was opened. Admire the chests as well as the palm-leaf baskets and jars that were used to store wheat, spices, dried fish...

A staircase at the end of the hall, on the left, leads to the first floor and several reception rooms decorated with cushions on the floor and beautifully decorated carpets. The library and its carved wooden Koran doors are on this level. Take the time to observe the carved or painted ceilings that Jabrin is famous for and which have been brilliantly restored: arabesques, ornamental motifs, verses from the Qur'an, poems. Some steps go up to the women's bathroom, while others go down to the imam's tomb.

To reach the second floor, one takes the main staircase, the only one with a beautifully carved warhead ceiling. Watch out! Its fourth step is rigged and can be removed. Several nasty invaders left their bad intentions and their freedom there. One understands the importance of this trap when one knows that the steps led directly into the apartments of the Sultan's family. One discovers the rooms of the guests, next to the small Room of Secrets or najwa, where whispered the words of confidential order. Here again, contemplate the ceilings with their beautifully colored beams. The staircase that leads to the third floor overlooks the rooftops, all nooks and crannies, with a panoramic view of the beautiful adjacent palm grove. On one side is the prayer room, on the other the reading room where the fundamentals of Islam were taught.

It is through a door at the back of this room that one goes down to the other side of the castle. A few steps further down, go to the left, where a staircase leads to the second floor of the right wing. This part of the building revolves around a superb patio, overlooking the kitchens. The first room on the left is the conference room, which had the particularity of having a double backdrop at each corner. Spies could be posted there, listening to the whispered conversations in the sideboard! The second room is the dining room, and the third is the courtroom with a door barely 40 cm high through which the prisoners were let out... Another curiosity: the horse room, which was dedicated to the personal animal of the master of the place. A peculiarity that says a lot about the Omani (and Arab male populations in general) adoration of horses. On the ground floor is the kitchen, and at the back of it there is a special room where date honey was made. The fruit was piled up more than two metres high in large braided palm bags and then pressed. The juice that came out of the bags was poured into a trough and harvested at the end of the trough.

Those interested in the restoration of the painted ceilings can read the article on the restoration of the painted ceilings in the Icomos Information I-1988 magazine at www.icomos.org. The author and director of the work, Jean Claude Bourret, recounts the stages of this complex and fascinating rehabilitation. We learn that "the painters who decorated the original ceilings of Jabrin had a large number of motifs: calligraphic, floral, geometric, interlaced, arabesque, rosettes, stars, polygons, spirals, interlaced curved lines, frames, etc.. "It also states that 'three dominant colours equally distributed over the ornamental surface were used'. For the renovation, "pigments from Roussillon, Gargace and Rustrel (in the Vaucluse) were used, where the pigment quarries whose hues were closest to the ceiling paintings of Jabrin were located. However, some pigments were found on site, at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar ".

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9am-4pm Saturday to Thursday, 8am-11am Friday. Input 500 bz. Audio-guide on request and highly recommended.

Members' reviews on JABRIN CASTLE

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omiklos
5/5
Visited in december 2019
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Superbe. Belle opportunité de bivouac
Une des plus beau château d'Oman. Superbe possibilité de bivouac sauvage devant la palmeraie à l'ouest du château (à l'exact opposé du parking). Il faut trouver un chemin qui part vers l'ouest sur la route à quelques centaines de mètres au nord du château. Le château est éclairé de l'intérieur la nuit. Magique...
Herobi
5/5
Visited in january 2020
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Magnifique château superbement restauré avec une vue époustouflante sur la palmeraie Les salles sont nombreuses et nous n avons pas eu assez de temps pour tout admirer.
thon
5/5
Visited in november 2019
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QUE DE RÊVE EN CET ENDROIT
CE CEUX QUE NOUS AVONS VISITER LE CHÂTEAU FORT JABREEN ME SEMBLE LE PLUS BEAU, LE PLUS IMPRESSIONNANT AUSSI INTÉRIEUREMENT ET EXTÉRIEUREMENT. UN ENSEMBLE COMPLÈTE LA VISITE LA PALMERAIT AINSI QUE LE PETIT VILLAGE A SES PIEDS
Geoje
5/5
Visited in november 2017
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Le fort à visiter à Oman. Très bien restauré. Des explications très claires permettant de mieux comprendre l'histoire d'Oman et la vire dans le fort. Visite libre sans parcours. Les pièces contiennent de beaux objets, tentures et tapis, ce qui est rare à Oman. On peut déambuler à sa guise. beaux points de vue depuis la terrasse. Si vous voulez ne visiter qu'un fort, c'est celui-là
J-ML
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Visited in october 2017
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A faire en complément du fort de Bahla : un dédale de salles ornées de tapis, coussins...Exposition de beaux objets anciens bien agencés. Superbes plafonds en bois peints. Du toit, une vue d'ensemble des environs. Nous avons même fait la rencontre de chauves souris lors de la visite du local où l'on stockait les dattes! 2omr la viste et l'audio guide assez utile.

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