Monday, August 2, 2010

Mezyad Fort (Part 1 of 2)

Howdy everyone? How'ya all doing? I hope that everything is well and good with you and your family. I was kinda busy these past few days. Aside from the perennial night duties with a day or two days off in between, I've dedicated my time with the household chores and kids stuff. Well, it's nice to be back and to compensate for my absence of more than a week here in the blogosphere, let me share these photos taken a week ago at Mezyad Fort. We've been there last week despite of the sandstorm in the morning. We were so lucky that the sandstorm was finally gone before we arrived at the fort.

About 25 kms from Al Ain Town Center, there's a heavily fortified structure which is one of the biggest forts in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi. Mezyad Fort was built in the 19th century and according to Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, it is not known who ordered its construction. The fort used to be a border post and it was occupied by the military force for several years before it was finally handed over to Department of Antiquities and Tourism.

It has three cylindrical towers and more than 40 rooms overlooking a spacious courtyard. The fort has machicolations and gun openings that punctuate the walls at regular intervals. At the fort itself, there's no information about its construction but I've noticed the mud bricks which is very common to their forts here in Al Ain. The main door is made of wood and dried date palm leaves and trunk. From the main entrance, about  50 meters away from the main door, I've noticed that the fort is not well maintained compared to Al Jahli Fort as there were no guards and workers except for the Arabic and Urdu speaking Pakistani man who opened the gate for us. Date palm trees are almost dry, steps leading to the towers are so fragile and there are some garbages inside the rooms.  



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6 comments:

  1. Oh My Misalyn! Nakakainggit naman! Napakaganda naman jan! I hope makarating ako jan Someday! God Bless you and Your Family! Ingat kayo jan palagi!

    Steven^^

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  2. Beautiful place. Great photographs.
    Costas

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  3. A fascinating place!
    Gorgeous pix and thanks for the info.
    How are you doing?
    Have a great Monday, dear friend!
    B

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  4. fascinating. ang ganda. may entrance fee?

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  5. Thank you Steven, Costas, Betty and Photo Cache for dropping by my blog and for your kind comments.

    @ Steven,
    Yakang-yaka mo na makapunta dito. Ingat lagi. God bless. Happy ako na busy ka sa yong bagong career.

    @Costas,
    Thanks. The sky was gloomy and it really affected the photos but I am glad that the photos turned out fine.

    @Betty,
    I'm still okay. Been busy lately and will be busy for the coming week.

    @Photo cache,
    No entrance fee..open for the public. Kaya lang walang masyadong info about the fort.

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  6. What a fantastic fort! And I love all its earth tones!

    I hope you've recovered from all your night shifts. That must be so physically draining.

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