Landscape-tales

Talks of the Camel (part 2)

An arch inaugurated on 28th of April 2013 connects Mirbat, once the capital city of Dhofar in the south of Oman, with Orientalis, an open-air museum nearby Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Mirbat, east of Salalah, once famous for frankincense and horse trade

The arch in Mirbat, east of Salalah, copyr. MDK

Mirbat, 74km east of Salalah, the current second capital city of the Sultanate, was well known for the trade of frankincense and Arabic horses.

The ogee shape above the window was introduced from the Middle East in European cities

The ogee shape above the window was introduced from the Middle East in European cities, copyr.MDK

Main features in the buildings are the wooden doors, window frames and shutters. The more decorated the richer the owner is

Main features in the buildings are the wooden doors, window frames and shutters. The more decorated the richer the owner is, copyr.MDK

Orientalis founded in 1911- then called holy land foundation- focuses on the background and traditions of the three religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The architecture for the Arab village of Bait al Islam (house of Islam) is based on the architecture of the old trading town in Mirbat.

Bait al Islam with wooden doors, windows, shutters and the ogee shape above the windows

Bait al Islam with wooden doors, windows, shutters and the ogee shape above the windows

Traditions in Bait al Islam

Traditions of Oman in Bait al Islam

From Mirbat across the border of Yemen the south west monsoon better known as the Khareef brings not only magic in the air but also the yearly Salalah Tourism Festival.

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2 thoughts on “Talks of the Camel (part 2)

  1. Wonderful pictures. I had the fortune of visiting that region during my first trip to Oman back in 2015. Unforgettable!

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