In pictures: Nizwa livestock market, Oman

The city of Nizwa sits in a strategic location at the foot of the Western Hajar Mountains in Oman. One of the oldest cities in Oman, Nizwa was the national capital in the 6th and 7th centuries and has long been recognised as a seat of Islamic learning, art, trade, and religion. Early on Friday mornings, a livestock market is held just outside the fortified walls of Nizwa’s ancient souk. Here are some pictures from a recent trip when I was travelling up into the mountains of the Jabal Al Akhdar.






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