Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Darmaki Fort (part 2 of 2)

Here is the continuation of yesterday's post.

From one of the four corners of the spacious courtyard lies the watch tower. We're happy to find out that doors are kept open. Thus, we decided to enter and have a look of what's inside the tower. Same as the usual fort here in Al Ain, the walls are made up of dried mud bricks with dried date palm trees while the ceiling is made up of date palm trunks and clay. The machicolations' width are uneven. Luckily the steps are quite stable (compared to Mezyad fort's fragile stairs) because it was so dark and the only source of light was the one coming from the windows but not enough to guide us while we were taking the steps leading to the top. I had to increase the ISO of my camera and change the shutter speed to take some decent snaps.

the  tower

steps leading to the upper most level of the tower

windows and ceiling

a machicolation and another type of window

We continued taking the steps until we reached the top. It took us about half an hour to climb the stairs leading to the uppermost level of the tower. 
and  this is yours truly  (I was just too glad  to be on the top)

These are the sceneries from the top: a small farm from the west side (can't remember the name of that dome-like structure from afar) and the Qattara oasis from the east side with another fort of about 500 meters away. I told hubby that we should check out the other fort but he was so adamant not to because he feared that we might get lost. I didn't insist and we decided to take the steps going out of the tower.
It took us two hours to check everything... from the rooms, doors, windows, stairs and up to the tower. It was fun to discover places not known to many. I must say that we're tired but happy. 

This post is linked to this week's Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan. Thank you for taking time to read this post and I hope you enjoyed the series. Have a nice day! Apologies for not visiting your blogs today. I 'm still on tonight. I will definitely visit your pages tomorrow. Salaam!

4 comments:

  1. i saw you goofing around, it shows how much you had fun. teehee! ;)

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  2. historical building always interesting for me... :)
    Nice post, Misalyn! It seems you had a great day...

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  3. It reminds me actually very much in a way of Dogon architecture, in Mali, specially in the city of Mopti. In a much simpler way though.

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  4. really nice tour. thanks for taking me.

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