Isfahan Shahrestan Bridge

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Shahrestan Bridge

Named after a neighboring village, this is the eastern most historical bridge of Esfahan. It is one of the city's most ancient architectural relics. Its stone piers are believed to be Sasanid, or perhaps even Achaemenid. The bridge's brick  superstructure, pierced by pointed arches, belongs to the Buyid and Seljuk periods. At the north end, one can see the remains of a tollhouse dating from the 18th century.
As indicated by its curving form, the bridge was designed to resist severe floods. It is 143 m long, 4.6 m wide, and comprises 13 arches. Eight openings above the piers helped to decrease the weight of the superstructure as well as to drain faster the water during floods.
The bridge was recently threatened by a new dam, but it was saved by a sophisticated project, which diverted the riverbed and relocated the lake behind the dam. However, the result was that today the bridge spans a little lake - all that is left of the Zayandeh-Rud at this spot.

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