Si-o-Se- Pol Bridge (Allah Verdi Khan Bridge)
With 300 meters long and 14 meters wide, the bridge is the longest one over the Zayandeh Rood. The bridge was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I in 1611 A.D. under the supervision of his warlord Allah Verdi Khan. It is one of the architectural masterpieces and grandeurs of the Safavid era. Its high walls protected caravans against wind and the rooms as well as other places were used as shelter and place of rest for travelers. Historically, the bridge is identified by various titles as “Si-o-Se Chishmeh” , “Chahar Bagh” , “Pol-i-Shah Abbasi” , “Zayandeh Rood” and also “Julfa”.
Nowadays, Allah Verdi Khan Bridge, due to its extraordinary glamour and beauty and the fact that it links two sections of Chahar Bagh Street (both upper and lower ones) is to be considered as the main tourist magnet while retaining its traditional road-way role.
According to the tourists who visited Isfahan in the Safavid era, the festival of water-sprinkling as a traditional Iranian festival, was held close to the bridge. Its proximity to the Julfa district had allowed Isfahani Armenians to perform their “Khaj Shoyan” (hair-washing) ceremony near it.