A Mistake in Muscat

We had visited the Sultan Qaboos Mosque on the Viking world cruise in 2018.  It was a beautiful mosque but we were not able to get inside on the day of our visit. Our goal this year was to see the inside of the mosque.  We booked a Tours by Local, but had been advised that we would not know whether the mosque would be open to visitors due to a possible conflict with the EID holiday.  Several days before the tour, we got a notice that our guide wanted to cancel the tour so he could be with his family for EID and that most things would be closed that day.  We decided to cancel the tour that day and just walk around the souk near the port.  This proved to be a big mistake as those who took the ship’s tour were able to visit the inside of the mosque with it’s once world’s largest chandelier and carpet.

The view from the ship was pretty with rugged mountains, city on the left, and an old fort on the right.

The vendors in the souk were very aggressive, so I didn’t enjoy the walk through.  The redeeming factor was the ceilings at the junction of aisles.

The sail away.  I don’t know the purpose of the dome on the rock to the far left.

Many of the hills had lookout towers on top.

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