Notes on the Geography of Oman: Seiq and Wadi Beni Habib
Continuing to Seiq and a nearby ghost town.
The Seiq mosque, interesting for its dome, its unfinished exterior and, even more, its interior.
Note the carved door and tile work.
The dome is the work of builders who had seen much grander mosques that they were determined to emulate.
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.
Here's that site, the ghost town of Old Beni Habib.
We can walk through.
Beams in the round.
Window in wall.
A sitting room.
Mosque with mihrab and picture of the ka'bah in Mecca.
Triple-arched arcade in mosque.
Comparatively recent improvements.
Window-view, with yet another down-wadi settlement.
Graffiti: child's play or something more serious?
Progressive collapse. There has been talk about converting the village into a hotel, but with the passage of time the task becomes more daunting.
A low-capacity irrigation ditch crossing the wadi.