My latest outing was a trip to Izki, about twenty minutes from Nizwa, for a short visit to Jarnan Cave.
This cave lies at the foot of Wadi Halfayn, below Nazar village in Izki. According to the inscription on a large rock near the entrance to the cave, it is distinguished from all other caves in Oman by a famous legend dating from the pre-Islamic era.
Rock located at the entrance to Jarnan Cave.
It is said that when Islam came into existence a golden calf was hidden deep inside the cave so that no one could reach it.
I wonder if the “Golden Calf” is still here.
View looking out from inside the cave.
The cave itself is not very big or noteworthy. However, the ruins above the cave are more interesting and worth a visit if you have some extra time and you are in the area.
Stairs near the cave leading up to the village above.
This part of the ruins appears to be pretty solid.
Inside view of a room in the Nazar ruins.
These stairs may not be safe.
Narrow passage way though the ancient village of Nizar.
View from the village, directly above the cave.
Drain to take away the rain water or maybe the sewage.
Part of a building that is still standing.
This door has survived better than the walls around it.
Not sure where this leads.
This could collapse any day.
View of the mountains from the Nazar village ruins.
View of Izki from the Nazar village ruins.
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