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Laft - Qeshm Island

The Portuguese Castle
Tala(Golden) Welles
Tala(Golden) Welles
The Portuguese Castle

Laft is a historical and ancient city which is dated to more than 2000 years ago. The naturel veiw and scene of Laft is covered with green and verdant tropical trees,tall palm gardens, beside attractive and dazzling beauty of the sea and floating Hara forest that draw the newcomer's attention. The architectural style of the houses of Laft are very amazing and attractive. The most obvious architectural features of the houses is their various windbreaks(windtowers) that are in different size. The people of Laft constructed
(and now are still remaining) them for making the inner space of the building cool in summers. The buildings of Laft are counstructing near each other with winding and narrow alleys. These buildings are located at gardens and Palm gardens which are doubled the beauty and madnificence of the coastal complex of Laft
Beside the admirable nature of the Laft Complex, there are some Historical monuments that are valuable such as Naderi Castle(square shaped castle with four towers), two rounded dome-like reservoirs, burial ground which some of its inscriptions are dated to 1000 years ago, the Shrines of Seyed Hassan
Mansor, Sheikh Tousi, and Sheikh AndarAbi.
Behind the Laft castle, in the crater near the castle, based on the Leap year in Iran(each 4 years, one day is added to the total days of the year), 366 shallow wells were dug for gathering the rainwater. Some Historians believe that these wells are related to Achaemenian and Sassanian dynasties.
At Laft harbor, there is a dock which is related to Median, Achaemenian, and Sassanian dynasties. This dock is about 130 m long and the main seabed thick of about 7m. The walls at the dock
are about 3m that are made up bevelled stones. Across from Laft and Khamir harbors, there is a very small Island which is named Sheikh AndarAbi. Some parts of this small Island are covered with water at the high tide time. The distance between Laft harbor and Sheikh AndarAbi Island can be covered with a speedboat in less than 5 minutes. At the north margin of sheikh AndarAbi Island, the surface of the
land is lower than other parts of the Island and there are lots of Hara trees. At the southeast margin of the Island there is a famous dome which is popular as the Shrine of Sheikh AndarAbi or Qadamgah-e Sheikh(footprint of Sheikh). At the low tide, the size of the Island is expanded, and at the high tide,the size of it becomes less than before, because the seawater covers the majority parts of the Island. Nowadays, nobody lives there, and fishermen and sailors are still respecting this Island..

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