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Shahrestan Bridge, Esfahan

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Shahrestan bridge is the oldest bridge on Zayandeh Rud in Iran. The foundations are from the 3rd to 7th century Sasanian era, but the top was renovated in the 10th century by the Buyids and finally during the 11th century Seljuk period. However the architectural style is totally Sasanian. The bridge was built in two parabolic shapes. The vertical parabolic component means that the middle point of the bridge is the highest part. The horizontal parabolic produces a bend to the west strengthening it against the flow of the river. This bridge is 107.8 metres long and an average of 5.2 metres wide. It has two levels of arches, 13 in the bottom and 8 on the top. The higher sluices quickened the passage of water during floods, thus taking pressure away from the structure. About 100 metres away from the bridge, the Zayandeh Rud has recently been diverted towards the south and an artificial lake has been established around the bridge to protect it from further damage
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  • We went through this bridge several times during the day but in the evening had the most spectacular view we could have found. All those bridges are almost that mandatory because he spends close to them during the day several times
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  • delicious walk along the water. The bridge is beautiful and we were lucky that the river is full of water. Iranians are quietly walking in couple, family, youth gangs all in a quiet and friendly atmosphere. It is even more beautiful in the Sun... not to be missed.
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  • Enjoyed walking across this bridge. Quietly elegant, and the oldest bridge in Esfahan., possibly older than Sassanian times. It's beautiful at night, well lite up and awfully nice in the daytime. 
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