Khaju Bridge

Khaju Bridge

Khaju Bridge

At the order of Shah Abbas ll, the monument was erected in the original site of the bridge in the Timurid Era in  1666 A.D. Its exteriors are decorated with highly fine plasterworks and ornaments and a special place was built in its central building named “Biglar Beigi” for the sojourn of the Safavid kings. The bridge has 24 arches behind which lies a wooden dam for water reservation, causing the bridge to serve as a dam.

Believed by many to be the largest bridge over the Zayandeh Rood, it displays special manifestation when flooding. The bridge is a public recreation site. Originally called “Pol-i-Shahi” (Royal Bridge), it is identified by various names such as “Hasan Khan Turkman” , “Pol-i-Hasanabad” , “Pol-i-Shiraz” and “Pol-i-Baba Rukn ad-Din.

It is currently called Khawju because it is situated in the vicinity of Khwaju district. It is about 133m long and 12m wide. In its central part lie a number of royal residential rooms and decoration halls.

Among the advantages of this bridge over others, apart from its distinctive architectural features, is the existence of many tilework ornamentations as well as colored tileworks on the monuments of the Biglar Beigi over the Bridge.

 

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