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
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).