These buildings are along what is known as “the corniche” area of Muttrah. In case you didn’t know, corniche comes from French/Italian and means “a road built along a coast and especially along the face of a cliff“. The projected wooden balconies of these whitewashed houses really give them character. These merchants’ houses are some of the oldest residential buildings in Oman going back to the 18th century. They look even more impressive at night with the neon lights highlighting their beauty. These buildings, near the Al Lawatiya Mosque, were built by the Lawati community who immigrated to Oman from India three centuries ago. I really love the turquoise blue framework and window shutters on some of these buildings. This last photo is of the Baranda walkway in front of the Bait Al Baranda Museum.
These photos really don’t do justice to the true beauty of Muttrah and the entire seaside avenue of Muttrah Port. By far, one of my favorite places in Oman-Muttrah!!!