The ancient architecture of Iran amazes with its luxury. Historical monuments that have been preserved in excellent condition are living proofs of the level of development of architecture and the culture of ancient Persia. The unique heritage of ancient Persia is the chic bridges, which can be considered the pride of the country. We present you the most beautiful bridges in Iran that you need to see with your own eyes.
Bridges in Iran: Si-o-seh pol, Isfahan
The most popular and undoubtedly the most beautiful bridge of ancient Persia and modern Iran is the Si-o-seh pol bridge in Isfahan. The bridge was built in 1602, and its name means “a bridge of thirty-three arches.” It is not only the most beautiful, but also the longest bridge in Iran (length 298 m). It was built on the Zāyandé-Rūd river and at one time connected Isfahan with the Armenian colony of Julfa.
Si-o-seh pol consists of the upper and lower tier, and in the center there are pavilions for rest. In the evenings the bridge is illuminated, and from afar the river with the illuminated bridge looks fabulous. For locals and tourists it is one of the most favorite places for walking.
Bridges in Iran: Khaju, Isfahan
The Khaju Bridge is considered a masterpiece of Iranian architecture. Its construction on the Zāyandé-Rūd river began in 1650 during the reign of Shah Abbas II, who ordered the construction of a large bridge in place of the old one.
The length of the bridge is 105 meters, width – 14 meters. It has 23 arches, there are locks for adjusting the water level under arches. When floodgates are closed, one side of the river turns into a lake, where locals enjoy boating. The luxurious bridge has 4 floors with 51 pavilions and a central large octagonal pavilion where shahs once liked to rest. The walls of the pavilions are decorated with ceramic patterns and drawings. At night the bridge is illuminated, and the whole territory is of indescribable beauty.
Bridges in Iran: Shahrestan, Isfahan
Shahrestan is the oldest bridge on the Zāyandé-Rūd river. It was built around the 3rd century during the reign of the Sassanid dynasty. In the 10th century, the bridge was rebuilt, while retaining its original appearance. Shahrestan has a length of 107.8 m and a width of 5.2 m and is considered a unique landmark of ancient Persia. Shahrestan has 13 arches on the lower tier and 8 on the upper tier.
Bridges in Iran: Chubi, Isfahan
During the reign of Shah Abbas II, another bridge was built, which was to connect the Shah’s gardens together. The bridge was built in 1665. The length of the bridge is 147 meters, width is 4 meters. The Chubi Bridge has 21 arches and pavilions for rest. After the construction, the bridge was used exclusively by the court of shah and the shah himself.
Bridges in Iran: Tabiat, Tehran
Tabiat, or as it is called by local “bridge of nature,” is a pedestrian bridge that connects two parks – Jangale Talegani Park and the Water and Fire Park. Tabiat was opened in 2014, and now it is the largest pedestrian bridge in the capital with an area of 7000 square meters. The height of the bridge is 40 meters. On the bridge there are separate walking paths and bicycle paths.
The Tabiat Bridge is not only a unique structure, but also one of the main sights of the capital. Tabiat has three floors with walkways. The third floor is reserved for the recreation area: there are cafes and restaurants, as well as galleries and exhibition halls.