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Photos: The Historic Portuguese Fortress, Hormoz Island

Photos by Mehdi Ghasemi, ISNA

Hormoz Island is an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. It is located in the Straits of  Hormoz and is part of the Hormozgan Province. It has an area of 42 km square. Hormoz was once land of the Portuguese Empire. The island was conquered by the Portuguese explorer Afonso de Albuquerque in the Capture of Hormoz (1507).

There is a historic Portuguese fortress on  Hormoz Island, the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception. The Portuguese Fortresses were constructed in southern Iran after the Portuguese occupied the area. The island was then captured by a combined Anglo-Persian force in 1622 in the Capture of Ormuz (1622).

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