Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Pol-e Khaju, the most famous of Isfahan bridges

Iran Daily: "Sightseeing

Pol-e Khaju, the most famous of Isfahan bridges, has won the admiration of travelers since the 17th century.
There was an earlier bridge across the river at the same spot, near the district of Khaju on the old Shiraz road. This was probably built during the Timurid reign. Shah Abbas II built the present structure around 1650. It has 23 arches--436 feet long and 39 feet wide.
With its two stories of arcades with intersecting arches, its stone steps downstream with the water cascading over them, and its two large pavilions in the center, the bridge is a masterpiece of balance and harmony.
The outer side of the arcades is decorated with richly colored tiles, and the interior of the pavilions with more recent paintings.
Shah Abbas, the second of the Safavid Dynasty, built the present bridge on the ruins of Hassan Baik Bridge in 1650. The bridge is 105 meters long and 14 meters wide.
The pieces of stone used in this bridge are over two meters long and the distance between every channel and the ceiling base is 20 meters. The inscriptions available suggest that the monument was repaired in 1873."


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