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Taqah Castle

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.

History of Taqah Castle

Constructed in the 19th century, Taga Castle originally served as the private residence of Sheikh Al bin Timman Al Ma’shani. However, during the reign of Sultan Taimur bin Faisal, spanning from 1913 to 1932, the castle transitioned into government property. Under Sultan Taimur’s rule, it operated both as an administrative center and as the residence for local governors, known as Walis in Arabic.

Following Sultan Taimur’s era, Taga Castle continued to function as the official residence for ten successive governors until 1984. Among them, Sheikh Marhoon bin Ali bin Saif al Ma’mari held the position twice. The castle’s historical significance is commemorated by a list of all the governors who resided within its walls, prominently displayed at the entrance.

In 1991, the Ministry of Heritage and Culture assumed stewardship of the castle, embarking on a restoration project to preserve its original design. By 1992, corresponding to the year 1412 in the Islamic Hijri calendar, the restoration was completed, ensuring the enduring legacy of Taga Castle for future generations.

Location of Taqah Castle

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.

Opening Hours of Taqa Castle

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.

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