Al Hazm Castle is an impressive structure—one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in Oman. It is known as one of the most famous historical landmarks in the country. Built by Imam Sultan bin Seif II (whose tomb is still within the fort walls) in the early 18th century, it was recently renovated and restored — just opened again to the public at the end of 2013.
Approaching the castle, visitors are led to a massive wooden door, intricately carved with script and design. The roof of Al Hazm is uniquely held by columns, as opposed to the traditional wooden supports. On the exterior, there are two fortified towers to see, along with a collection of artillery and cannons. Inside there are the grand living quarters of the Imam, including a kitchen, a courtyard, and a madrassah—a Qur’anic school. The castle is on the tentative list for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Al Hazm Castle is located about 20 kilometers from Al Rustaq. It is open Saturday to Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to 11 am. It takes approximately two hours to drive there from Muscat. After turning left on the roundabout in the center of Al Hazm town, the fort is 1 kilometer down the road on the left.