|October 28, 2022
|Al Mazrah (Western Asia)
|October 28, 2022
|Al Mazrah (Western Asia)
Weapons from the middle ages are no longer needed in the fortress, bring your modern weapons and take the enemy out. Great location for close quarters combat. – Al Bagra Fortress
Players are not able to see much outside Al Bagra Fortress with the large Fortress wall, the views outside the area are stunning, with a nice oceanside view along a beach and a large city known as Al Mazrah.
The match starts with both teams arriving at the Fortress, one team will arrive in the back of a white van while the other team flies in and grapples down from a helicopter.
Welcome: Welcome to the Al Bagra Fortress Museum and Historic Site. Explore our vast collection of artifacts from the Middle Ages and the Ottoman Empire. Walk the grounds at your leisure. Guided tours are available of the battlements and the cistern areas. Learn about the fascinating story behind the fortress: how it was build and maintained, and why so many have sought to control it over the centuries.
The Blacksmith’s Forge: One of the most essential professions on the Medieval citadel was that of the blacksmith. These skilled metalworkers forged new arms and armor for the entire garrison. In times of conflict, the forge’s fire ran day and night, repairing blunted weapons and broken armor. In times of peace, blacksmiths performed everyday tasks such as creating horseshoes for the stables, iron hinges for doors and cooking utensils for the kitchens.
The Forge is where the blacksmith and his apprentices would spend most of their days. Some apprentices would work the bellows – maintaining the essential degree of heat to shape the metal, while others would strike the hot iron with hammers: bending the metal into its desired shape.
The Imperial Stables: Horses provided one the greatest advantages on the battlefield during the Middle Ages. So much so that a large stable was essential to the function of the fortress’ cavalry. Once the castle had been renovated by the Ottomans, the stables were expanded to account for the large personal collection of the region’s governor: Tasheen Pasha. An avid rider and falconer, Tasheen revered his horses and the dozens of servants he employed to care for the.
Not all additions to the fortress were strictly for defense. In the 17th century, the provincial governor: Tahseen Pasha transformed large portions of the citadel into a palatial residence for himself and his wife. To accommodate their mutual love of horses, an elaborate stable was constructed.
Practice Yard: For centuries the Medieval citadel was not manned by a professional army. Rather, knightly commanders and their retainers would oversee the training of levies of citizen militia. Most would be trained using longbows or spears. As archers were essential for defending the castle from the ramparts.
Munitions Storeroom: Once artillery became an essential component of the fortresses defenses, structures were necessary to provide storage for the power and shot needed to repel both land based and seaborne assault. The storehouse was originally a larder, used for food and supplies in the event of a prolonged siege. It was transformed towards the end of the 17th century to accommodate the fortress growing battery of artillery.
The Museum Today: In the 1960s there was a renewed interest in the site’s historical significance as a nexus for cultural exchange and also as a symbol of national pride. The fortress was rescued from its increasingly dilapidated state and renovations were begun to restore the collection of priceless artifacts and aging stonework to its former glory. Many rare items had been moved to secure locations over the decades, or had been purchased by private collectors. Fortunately many of these artifacts were donated or purchased on behalf of the preservation effort. The Museum of the Citadel officially opened its doors in 1967 and with it greeted a new generation of local and international visitors, eager to uncover the countless stories that had been kept secret for centuries.
Among the many highlights of the museum’s collection are arms and armor from both the original Norman occupants through the Ottoman period, including an extensive array of horse armor. The modern gun emplacements – dismantled in the wake of the First World War, were outfitted with cannonade from the 18th century. Several sections of the museum have been transformed into living examples of history – with resident artisans performing the skills of the period, Guests are encouraged to interact and learn from these talented individuals, whose knowledge helps preserve our understanding of the past. Periodic historical reenactments allow visitors a front row seat to key moments in the citadel’s history, culminating in the famous surrender and peaceful exchange of power from the 15th century.
In addition to its extensive permanent collection, the Museum of the Citadel also hosts temporary exhibitions of historic and artistic significance, as well as guest lecturers on the topics of historical preservation and archaeology.
Today the Museum of the Citadel remains a stronghold that has exchanged hands many times throughout the centuries, an impressive reminder of a bygone era, where power was the greatest currency of influence. However, though it has stood through conflict and disaster, it has been rebuilt and improved upon time and time again: outliving its original purpose as a symbol of military might. It now serves as a Stoic reminder of human ingenuity and the possibility for peace and understanding through the lessons of the past.