Far out in Yemen’s remote eastern desert landscape, a gaping hole in the ground believed to be “million and millions” years old fascinates and mystifies locals.
Those who live near the hole, named the Well of Barhout, believe anything that comes close to the “Hell Pit” will be sucked in without escape. The hole looms large in the public’s imagination. According to Yemeni legend, “extinct tongues fizz on cold nights” there, a reference to what might be lurking inside the hole.
Shrouded in mystery, the Well of Barhout is in the Yemen desert, near the border with Oman. The natural wonder, popularly known as the “Well of Hell,” is in the Al-Mahra province and is 100 feet wide and thought to reach 330 feet down, but there are those who claim it’s as much as 820 feet deep.
Nobody has ever been to the bottom.
A video crew from AFP recently flew a drone over the hole and captured stunning aerial footage of the mysterious pit. However, even with the drone flying directly over the hole and with the camera lens pointed straight down, it was impossible to see into its depths due to the extreme darkness.