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Notes on the Geography of Oman: Seiq and Wadi Beni Habib

Continuing to Seiq and a nearby ghost town.

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The Seiq mosque, interesting for its dome, its unfinished exterior and, even more, its interior.

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Note the carved door and tile work.

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The dome is the work of builders who had seen much grander mosques that they were determined to emulate.

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We've come a short distance to a tributary wadi, Beni Habib.  The town in the distance is entirely new, occupied by people who moved to it from a site behind the camera.

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Here's that site, the ghost town of Old Beni Habib.

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We can walk through.

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Beams in the round.

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Interlocked buildings.

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Window in wall.

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A sitting room.

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Interior.

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Mosque with mihrab and picture of the ka'bah in Mecca.

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Triple-arched arcade in mosque.

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Village street.

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Comparatively recent improvements.

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Modern window.

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Window-view, with yet another down-wadi settlement.

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Graffiti: child's play or something more serious?

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Progressive collapse.  There has been talk about converting the village into a hotel, but with the passage of time the task becomes more daunting.

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Overview.

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Kitchen, presumably.

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A low-capacity irrigation ditch crossing the wadi.


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