Inside DNA of Salalah-Dhofar A Tourist Guide

One of the highlights in the Frankincense Trail in Dhofar in the south of Oman is the Archaeological park Al Baleed with the Museum of the Frankincense land. Al Baleed Archaeological Park has a new publication.

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In DNA  in the chapter ‘Decoding the Past’ one can read: “The monolithic columns  with octagonal shaft are common to most religious buildings in the  Southern region. But the earliest examples occur at Zafar, Al Baleed.  Particularly interesting, since it was widespread in various parts of  south-west Arabia, is the so-called ‘fleur-de-lys’ noted by travellers to  Dhofar and Yemen to be interpreted as a stylized plant of dura a symbol  of fertility. (source: Paola M. Costa, ‘Historic Mosques and Shrines of  Oman) 

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