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Salut Museum


Myth and legends


An ancient tradition reports that Solomon son of David, during one of his mythical journeys, landed on the Salut plain. From the heaven, he saw the castle of Salut, inhabited only by an eagle. Then Solomon ordered to the Jinn to dig a great number of aflāj (the water channels typical of the Iron Age in Oman), with the aim to bring fertility to the land.
Centuries later, the plain of Salut was theatre of the battle of Salut, the most important event in the Omani history. This epic, open-field battle was fought between the Arabic tribe of the Azd, leaded by Malik bin Fahm, and the Persians, whose army included many elephants. The victory of Malik bin Fahm marked the end of the Persian occupation and opened the country to the newly born Islam.