competition from the surrounding plain, Jabreen castle is an impressive
sight. Built in 1675 by Imam Bil-arab Sultan, it was an important
center of learning for astrology, medicine and Islamic law (Lonely Planet,
The date press
room was really interesting. They would pack the dates in palm-woven
bags and stack them up. The weight of the bags on top would press
down on those below and squeeze the date oil out. The date room had
a 'mini-falaj' system that efficiently and cleanly carried the oil to clay
containers which, when full, were sealed and put in storage.
We enjoyed exploring
the fort (the breeze from the surrounding oasis made it very comfortable).
Mom found a funny
pair of wooden shoes on display and had to show them off. The amazing
thing is- about 1 week later, Breck found something similar in a refuse
heap at an abandoned site near the Sharqiah Sands! Shhhh. The one
Breck found in the refuse heap now adorns our 'treasure trove' of stuff
This fort was the
only one where we saw a prison for men AND women. Ouch!!
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