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Muscat Museum Night

Old Muscat is where Sultan Qaboose’s residence is located and the vast majority of government buildings are also centered here.  Muscat is inundated with Qaboose photos – everywhere there are pictures of this guy, so if you didn't know him when you arrived, you'd know him when you left!  
Wikipedia has lots to say about his eventful life:  
The Lonely Planet has this to say about his home:  …it has delightful mushroom pillars in blue and gold.  Built over the site of the former British Embassy, there used to be the stump of a flagpole in the grounds:  the story goes any slave (Oman was infamous for its slave trade from East Africa) who touched it was granted freedom.
Scattered throughout the neighborhood are lovely museums and galleries.
One evening, we dedicated a walkabout to all the museums.  Our favorite was Bait Al Baranda.  There was a special exhibit of oryx all decked out in vibrant colors and around the gardens where miniatures of all the forts around Oman. Susan, ever the pottery lover, was delighted with all the water pots hanging around the trees and walls.  While she didn't believe it at first, she tasted first-hand how warm water poured in these simple clay pots cooled significantly within 10 minutes.
On either end of Old Muscat are two forts.  On the east end of the harbor is Al-Jalali fort. It was built during Portuguese occupation in the 1580s.  On the other side of the harbor, and built at the same time, is the Al-Mirani fort. Breck enjoyed a sideshow that demonstrated how the fort walls were hung with huge chains that could be hauled out by ships in the harbor to barricade the port during war.  

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