Al Zubara Fort – The historic Qatari military fortress in Al Shamal

The Fort was originally built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station. It was later renovated into a museum to display diverse topical archaeological findings.

Lofty, compact walls, swathe this eminent fort which are one meter in length and bulk. It was said that the walls of the fort were fabricated and were put together by merging and blending overlapping raw pieces of coral stones, specifically limestone, with a mortar and a pestle specifically conceived for grinding mud.

The fort has three, gargantuan yet superbly conceived corners, each having massive, circular towers on top, which are geared with diverse varieties of Qatari-style defenses, with the fourth one as the most picturesque corner, as it has a rectangular tower with exquisite triangular-based ledges with slits that are called machicolations.

Eight rooms were constructed to accommodate soldiers which are situated in the ground floor. These rooms were converted recently to house exhibits, artworks and other archaeological findings.

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