The Al Alam Palace (The Sultan´s Palace) Muscat, Sultanate Of Oman. RM
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This white, gold and blue palace is one of six royal residences in the sultanate. Visitors walk along an impressive boulevard to reach Al-Alam’s iron front gates. While civilians are not allowed inside the palace, it is still a worthy stop on any tour of Muscat as a colorful example of modern Islamic architecture. Near the palace, explore 16th-century Portuguese forts, the old Muscat harbor and palace gardens.