Nizwa Fort is presenting Razha folklore performance today, Friday, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
Listing this folklore tradition as part of the World Tangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Unesco described it as, "a popular form of communal entertainment seen at festive events where verses are chanted often featuring traditional Nabati poetry to music.”
Razha is a centuries old traditional art form, considered as an important folklore tradition and includes poetry, display of skills with the traditional sword. It is performed by men where the lyrics also talk about history depending on the regions.
The Razha is performed even today and has a unique place during all the important occasions and festivals.
The fort is open for public from 8 am to 8 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 11:30 am and later from 1:30 pm till 8 pm.
The Nizwa Fort is a large castle built in the 17 century. Today the iconic structure is a major tourism attraction, with its impressive main tower, cannons at the gates, and a library inside the fort.
What fascinates people is the fact that Nizwa Fort, though a historical structure is very much active whether it is being part of the market, the souq, or conducting cultural activities as being arranged this weekend.
The fort is a large circular building made with stones and Omani plaster. According to the historians, the construction of the fort took 12 years and its s height is 34 metres and the diameter is 45 metres. The fort also had a stream underneath.
The Nizwa Fort was built by Imam Sultan bin Saif al Yarubi, but it is said that the structure that stands today is built over a 12th century foundation.