Tagah Castle (also written as Taga Castle and in Arabic 5k ) is not only the most prominent landmark of Taga but also one of the most distinguished landmark of Dhofar. It is located near Salalah, Oman.
This castle was built in 19th century as a private residence of Sheikh Al bin Timman Al Ma’shani.
During the reign of Sultan Taimur bin Faisal, which was from 1913 until 1932, Taga Castle became government property and served two purposes – administrative center and residence for local governors (in Arabic Walis).
After Sultan Taimur, it remained the residence of ten other succeeding governors until 1984. Sheikh Marhoon bin Ali bin Saif al Ma’mari had two tenures as the governor. The last governor to reside in this castle was Mohammad bin Abdullah bin Ali Swakhroun.
The list of all the governors residing in the castle is mounted on the wall at the entrance of the castle.
In 1991, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture assumed the responsibility of the castle and restored the castle in accordance with its original design in 1992, which was 1412 as per Islamic Hijri calendar.
Located on Al Husn Street, off Tagah Street, Taga Castle GPS Coordinates are 17°02:20.7’N 54°23’43.3″E. Its estimated covered area is 600 square meters.
The rooms in castle are filled with ancient weapons, jewelleries, furnitures, paintings and day to day use items, making the castle looks like someone is living.
The castle is open 6 days a week (Saturday to Thursday) from 9 am to 4 pm daily. On Friday, which is weekly holiday in Oman and a day with weekly afternoon prayer of Jumma, the castle is only open from 8 am to 11 am. On the Friday afternoon it’s closed.