A country of rich heritage and unique national traditions, Oman has managed to keep numerous historic landmarks, so there's no wonder why the country is often called one of the most beautiful places in the world. Several interesting landmarks can be seen in Muscat, the capital of the country. This city is home to the main shrine of the country - the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This is a relatively new building, the grand opening of which took place in 2001. The mosque is made in the traditional Arabian Style and it can simultaneously provide space to more than 20 thousand visitors. The magnificent cupola and skillfully made main minaret are the main decorations of the shrine. One more interesting decoration is located in the main hall of the mosque. This is a giant Persian handmade carpet, the weight of which is 21 ton. Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest carpets in the world.
Simply no Arabian town can exist without a colorful bazaar. Of course, there is a big bazaar in Muscat as well - it's called Muttrah Souk. The market is conventionally divided into several areas, each of which sells a particular type of a good: incenses, jewelry, silverware, furniture and carpets, clothes, spices, souvenirs and toys. The Al Alam Palace is also worth attention of travelers. The royal palace was built in 1927; currently, the palace is a so-called work office of the sultan - the serving head of the country. Despite the fact that it's prohibited to enter the palace, there are always many people on the square in front of it. Numerous locals and travellers come here to see and take photos of the beautiful building.
Of course, there are natural landmarks in Oman. Al Hoota Cave might be the most famous one. According to scientists, the age of the cave is 200 million years. Tourists are allowed to enter only the highest part of the cave. Here they will see beautiful minerals that cover both floor and ceiling of the cave, as well as its main inhabitants - small bats. An excursion to the desert of Wahiba (current name the Sharqiya Sands), which is located not far away from Sur, will be no less interesting. At a glance, the desert can seem to be lifeless, but in truth it's home to 200 species of animals and more than a hundred of different plants. Tourists are welcome at special camps, where they can stay for a night and then explore local nature together with a guide. Visitors can also make a jeep safari or observe the grandeur of the desert during a helicopter ride.
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