Xarbes Caves

Xarbez Caves - Khorbast Cave - Kharbas Caves - Qarhaye Khorbast - Kish Underground City

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Location: Near Khūrbīz, Queshm island/Geshm island.
(26.914457, 56.170891)
Open: All year daily 6-20.
Fee: free.
Guided tours:  
Address: Xarbes Caves.
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1,000 beginning of human use and extension of caves.


The Xarbes Caves are a series of interconnected caves, originally formed as erosional caves but later, mostly during the Middle Ages expanded by man. The use of the caves started probably around 1,000. Their purpose is somewhat enigmatic, but there are numerous legends. There are stories about pirates who used them as a hideout. Probably they were used for worshiping Gods, as a Mithra temple, which could explain the name: Xorpas formed of Xor (Sun) and Pas (Guard). Carvings in the caves show ancient religious symbols.