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Isfahan Siosepol

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Siosepol

Si-o-seh pol

By:H.Shams

This bridge, more commonly known as Si-o-Se Pol ("Thirty-Three-Ar-cades Bridge"), crosses the Zayandeh-Rud as a southern continuation of Chahar Bagh Avenue. It was constructed during the reign of Shah Abbas I in 1602 and named after the man who supervised its construction, Allahverdi Khan.
Allahverdi Khan was a man of curious fate. Born a Christian in Georgia, he was sold as a slave and sent to Iran. He led a miserable life until he was eventually made a servant in the court of Shah Tahmasb Safavid. There he had a striking career, and was designated in the time of Shah Abbas I as the Governor-General of Pars and head of most of Iran's southern provinces. He became Shah Abbas's most trusted and beloved Commander in Chief, inspiring such confidence that Shah Abbas totally relied on his
suggestions rather than on those of his other courtiers.
The actual builder of the bridge is Ostad (Master) Hossein Banna, father of Mohammad Reza, the builder of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (pp86-88).
The Allahverdi Khan Bridge was also known as the julfa Bridge because it was a beeline between the city's centre and Julfa (pp 132-135). One of the earliest creations from Shah Abbas's reign, the bridge is also one of the most praised Safavid structures. Its sturdy piers and imposing towers are made of stone, but its superstructure is brick. The bridge is about 300 m long - thus the longest in the city - and 14 m Wide. Each side of the roadway has a low, covered arcade, pierced internally and externally by nearly two hundreds of small pointed arches. Two alcoves and more than twenty chambers were constructed along the western sides of the bridge; today most of them are used as teahouses.
Some believe that the bridge originally comprised forty arcades and this number has been gradually reduced to thirty-three. Nowadays the bridge is being used by pedestrians only.

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0 #3 BenNL88 2015-02-04 12:30
“Wonderful bridge”
BenNL88
Velden, The Netherlands
Si o seh pol bridge is one of the major sights in Esfahan. Probably the best place in town to see the sunset. Good place to see local people hanging around. Around fifteen minutes walk from the Nagshe jahan square.
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0 #2 IbizaLoveYou 2014-11-25 05:46
IbizaLoveYou
Kuwait
“Amazing bridge”

This is a must see attraction. The river is amazing. At night you will find locals and foreigners walking near the river and people in groups create a positive atmosphere.
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0 #1 Peter C 2014-10-28 05:15
dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
“Beautiful Structure”

The longest of the historic bridges, this structure is beautifully proportioned and great for a stroll. Afternoon sunlight is best for pics. It is lit up at night which makes for great photos as well. Walk across the river on the riverbed level and back on top of the bridge.
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