Country & History

Persian Literature

Contact Us

Art Arena

Arts & Crafts

Site Map

Visitor's Book



Previous Page

Bridges of Isfahan

Back to

Next Page

The Bridges of Isfahan

The Zayandeh Rud (river) starts in the Zagros Mountains, flows from west to east through the heart of Isfahan, and dries up in the Kavir desert.

The bridges over the river include some of the nicest architecture in Isfahan. The oldest bridge is the "Pol-e Shahrestan" which was probably built in the 12th century during the Seljuk period. Further upstream is the "Pol-e Khaju" which was built by Shah Abbas II in 1650. It is 123 metres long with 24 arches, and it also serves as a sluice gate.

Si-o-se-pol or Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge

Si-o-se-pol or "Allah-verdi Khan Bridge",
built in 1632 by Shah Abbas on the Zayandeh Rud (river), Isfahan
( Photo by N. Kasraian )

The next bridge is the "Pol-e Jubi". It was originally built as an aqueduct to supply the palace gardens on the north bank of the river. Further upstream again is the "Si-o-Se Pol" or bridge of 32 arches. Build during the rule of Shah Abbas the Great, it linked Isfahan with the Armenian suburb of Jolfa. It is by far the longest bridge in Isfahan at 295m.


Khaju Bridge

"Khaju Bridge by night, Isfahan"
( Photo by Helen Loveday )

Khaju Bridge, Isfahan

"Aerial view of Khaju Bridge by day, Isfahan"
( Photo by Henri Stierlin )



Return to top

Isfahan Top of page

Copyright© 1998 K. Kianush, Art Arena