(Persia Digest) – Dating back to nearly two million years ago, the Valley of the Stars came into existence due to soil, rock, and sand erosion by wind, water, and storms, making this a lesser seen kind of landscape on the beautiful island of Qeshm from the Cenozoic geological period.

To the west of “Berkeh Khalaf” village, at a distance of 5kgs from the southern coast of Qeshm, the Valley of the Stars stands in all its glory with its statue-like carvings and landforms created by nature.

The islanders say that a star fell from the sky once upon a time and landed at the heart of the island and created these forms in the ground upon impact. In the local dialect, this place is called ‘Este’areh ofteh’ or ‘setareh oftideh’, both meaning ‘the fallen star’. It is often coupled with magical, supernatural tales. Staying in this spot after sunset is still spine-chilling for some, as the local stories go that extra-terrestrials gather together in the Valley in the dark of night. Air circulation in the valley produces sounds preventing some people from going here during the hours of darkness.

The blood-curdling legends and landscapes in this part of the island have made the Valley of the Stars one of the seven wonders of Qeshm, placing it on the itinerary of every visitor to the Island.

Almost every structure here is of compacted earth and a reminder of the eerie ‘Kalut’ structures seen in Iran’s Lut Desert. The brow is covered by coral remains, indicating that an ocean existed here in times gone by.

The myriad shapes and forms, some resembling columns of ruined palaces, date back to two million years ago and were created by relentless wind and water erosions, creating an aura of hair-raising geological monster silhouettes.


Photos: Amir Ghayumi/IRNA News Agency

               Erfan Khoshkhu/ISNA News Agency

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