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Pre-Safavid Architecture Found in Khajou Bridge in Isfahan


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Islamic Period

 25 February 2004




The Khajou or Allahverdi-Khan bridge is among the historical structures in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. and a major tourist attraction. Over the years, the penetrating moist has affected part of it. To fix the damages in the northern part of the Khajou Bridge, studies were carried out and boring pits were dug resulting in the discovery of the ramp used in the Safavid era, plus some foundation remnants belonging to pre-Safavid era in the 15th century.

Based on the new findings, the Cultural Heritage Department of Isfahan is set to revive the ramp which is located 2.5 meters down the current layer, a move which could reveal more about the historical value of the Khajou Bridge, announced head of the archeology team Mohsen Javeri.

Khajou Bridge is one of the beautiful monuments of Isfahan built in the Safavid era over the Zayandehrud river by Shah-Abbas the Greats' Armenian chancellor Allahverdi-Khan in 1659.

Built over a stone damn, based on the model of the neighboring Siyose Pol bridge, it is 140 meters long, with six half-octagon cubicles as one of its interesting features, which were first decorated with mystic texts in verse and prose, later with paintings added on them.



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