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Shahrestan Bridge, Esfahan

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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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  • Due to diverting the flow of the river, the bridge is now in a dried-out artificial lake. On the South side there are some grey factory like warehouses. On the North side a small park and a motorway. ...  more »
  • As I reed on Wikipedia and other sites, this bridge had been a military bridge over Zayandehrood river in 2 or 3 centuries before. The bridge structure is completely in good condition, lovely entrance...  more »
  • The Shahrestan is, among the many bridges over the Zayandeh, the oldest because foundations are of Parthian and the upper structure is however of the eleventh century. During my last visit to Esfahan on business I took advantage of the warm evenings for strolling along the River (unfortunately almost dry) and vedermeli all. Isn't the nicest but should be seen for its historical importance.
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