Khaju Bridge – Isfahan
Bridge of Baba Renkodin or Khaju Bridge in Isfahan built over the Zayandehrud River and it is located on the east side of Si-o-se-pol Bridge. The Khaju Bridge is also known as Shahi Bridge, and Baba Rukn al-Din and Shiraz and Hassan Abad. The Khaju Bridge was built in 1060 AH and it is one of the monuments of Shah Abbas II Safavid. The length of the Khaju bridge is 133 meters and its width is 12 meters. The name of the bridge is mainly driven by its neighbourhood which is the Khaju neighbourhood.
According to some historian during the Qajar era, there was another floor on top of the Khaju bridge, but it was destroyed by the Qajar ruler whose name is unknown. Khaju Bridge is more famous compared to the other bridges because of its tile architecture and decoration. The Khaju Bridge was mainly used as a dam to control the water flow of Zayandehrood River. Additionally, there are several pained and well-decorated rooms in the middle part connecting the east and west sides. Those rooms were used by the rulers and emirs who were called to watch the swimming and sailing competitions on the artificial lake.
In the corners of the eastern side of the Khaju Bridge, there are two shrubs that appear to be the “Bakhtiari and Bakhtiari iconoclasts of Isfahan”. The Khaju Bridge has 244 water gateways made of a precisely cut cube and is blocked in the middle section with wooden blocks for catching the river.
Translated from egardesh.com.
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