About Khaju Bridge
Khaju Bridge or Khajoo Bridge is not only one of the oldest bridges in Isfahan but also in Iran. Nowadays the age of this bridge is about 350 years old, but it’s still seems firm and gorgeous. Khajoo Bridge has various names like Hassan Abad Bridge, Gabri Bridge, king Bridge etc. Take a tour of Isfahan city with Chiyakotravel and its beautiful corner and then go to one of its most famous attractions, Khajoo bridge in Isfahan. The bridge is one of the historic bridges of the city on the east of Zayandehrud. This beautiful bridge of Isfahan is full of stories that its narrators have transferred for centuries. Stories from the Safavid period until now and even later!
Why Isfahan Khajavi Bridge?
- Khajoo Bridge is one of the historical bridges of Isfahan which is known as the most beautiful bridge of Zayandehrud and Isfahan.
- Walking on this bridge can create one of the most enjoyable moments for you.
- Around this bridge in the evening and early night, it is a place for people to have fun.
- It has been one of the most beautiful bridges in the world in its time.
History of Khajoo Bridge
During the monarchy of well-known Safavid King, Shah Abbas II, this bridge constructed on the remain of old bridge foundation in 1650 SH. This bridge links north side of ZayandeRud river, Zoroastrian Zone, to North bank of the river. About the date and time when Khajoo Bridge was built, according to historical sources that are still available, it was built in year 1060 by King Abbas II of Safavid order. Before building Khaju bridge, however, there was another bridge in the same part of the city of Isfahan called Hassan Bey Bridge, which demolished by Shah Abbas’ order and they built a new bridge instead of the old one. The richness of history and fame of Khaju bridge is universal!
Khaju Bridge story
Shah Abbas II ordered to build Khaju bridge for different purposes. people used this bridge as a dam. In this way during the spring and summer each channels of bridge closed and it made artificial lake on the west side of it. People used stored water for Gardening. This historic bridge has a width of 12 meters and a length of barrier of 133 meters. It also has 23 columns. There are beautiful luxurious rooms at the center of Khajoo bridge. You can see fine Iranian painting pattern on the walls of these rooms. Only Royal family were allowed to use these rooms during royal ceremonies.
These days people enjoy sitting on the stairs of the bridge and feel soft breeze on their skin. We suggest you to visit this wonderful landmark during the night, because you can find people who are singing under the bridge. Surely you will enjoy visiting the most beautiful bridge in Iran.
There is an interesting narrative about the type of engineering of Khaju Bridge in Isfahan. The more water it reaches, contrary to our imagination, it strengthens the foundations of this bridge and extends its life span. In case of lack of water, it causes the bridge breaks down over time.
Architecture of Khaju Bridge
A special building was built for King Abbas II and royal Safavid family known today as Bigler Beigi in the middle of the bridge. The building, which still exists today, is one of the most iconic monuments in Isfahan, which has very beautiful decorations. For example, the arches of the building have some very beautiful paintings and ornaments that stare into the eyes of every viewer. The reason for distinguishing Khaju Bridge from other historic and existing bridges in this city is that it has very beautiful decorations and tiles that do not exist in other bridges built in this city. 24 craters on this bridge all made up of beautifully carved and constructed cubes. In the middle of the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, wooden dams have been built to block the river.
Khaju Bridge in Iran literature
Since Khaju Bridge has been famous and beautiful from the very beginning and even today, many Isfahan city poets have mentioned it in their poems. Usually, these poets have made many compliments of this monument and praised its beauty. One of the most famous poems described Khaju bridge in Isfahan is a piece written by our famous poet Saeb Tabrizi. The theme of this song which is actually a long qasida, is about one of days there was a celebration on this bridge. Of course, besides poets, tourists and travelers who have come to Isfahan in different historical times have said a lot about the beauty and grandeur of Khaju Bridge and introduced it as one of the most successful works of Persian architecture as well as Islamic style.
Khaju Bridge features
Khaju Bridge is one of the historic bridges of Isfahan which considered as the most beautiful bridge of Zayandehrud river and Isfahan. Walking on this bridge can create one of the most enjoyable moments for you. Around this bridge, early in the evening, it is a place to entertain people. It has been one of the most beautiful bridges in the world in its time. Famous tourist Shardin and Professor Pope have said that Khaju Bridge is one of the most interesting Persian bridges ever built. In the construction of Khaju Bridge, according to foreigners who have visited it, there is a multiplication of dignity, dignity, the happiest tools and consistency, and features of entertainment and fun!
Khaju Bridge is similar to the Bridge of Allah Verdi Khan in many aspects in terms of structural features.
However, about Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, you should know that the basis for decorating this bridge is based on tiling. In this regard, the decoration of the bridge is such that it is even more famous and well-known than 33pol bridge. Materials such as mortar, stone, and brick used in the construction of the Khaju Bridge.
Things you should know about Khaju Bridge
Best season to visit Khaju Bridge is in the spring, when the city’s climate is more beautiful and spectacular than ever.
events on Khaju Bridge
In addition to Bigler Beigi building on Khaju Bridge, there is a building with various rooms and interesting paintings between each of western and eastern sides of the bridge. This building, called dais, was in fact a place for kings, princes, emirs, officials, and important people who came to Khaju Bridge and intended to take part in competitions such as swimming and boating, or they watched the matches. Of course, of all that glory today, there is only one stone bench left today that is king’s chair.
The benefits of Khaju Bridge
One of the benefits that Khaju Bridge has for Isfahan is that it is one of the bridges that regulates water flow and controls the river water because of a gate and entry beneath its arches. Another positive feature of the Khaju Bridge is that the engineering of the structure has made the water behind the dam to be closed by water closures, making it easier to irrigate the gardens to which the water was directed. In this way, even the upper gardens could be irrigated by this bridge.
Khaju Bridge reconstruction
Khaju Bridge in Isfahan has been restored and rebuilt over the centuries, and unfortunately during one of these renovations in recent years new stones have been used to replace the old and historic stones of this building. Its originality has been damaged in many points of views. Khaju bridge was registered in the list of monuments of the country on January 1, 1932, with a registration number 111.
Story of Stone lion in Khaju bridge!
Other notable attractions on the Khajoo Bridge in Isfahan are two stone lions on the eastern side of the bridge. These two stone lions are apparently a symbol of ZayandehRud and Isfahan city guards with the name of Sepahan Bakhtiari. Bakhtiari means the people of Bakhtiari tribe we have always witnessed their sacrifices and courage over the centuries. In fact, these two lions have been guarded Zayandeh River and the city of Isfahan for nearly four centuries. Behind each of these lions there is a letter engraved stating the first name of the one who made these lions. Other patterns carved on these lions are signs of ancient sports. These interesting lions are made to look like they are watching you when you look at them. The eyes of these stone lions are as bright as ever. The eyes of these lions are very glossy at night and this has led to many stories and legends. Lion’s back on the bridges are now flat and smooth as if they were polished. That is Because of lack of care and doing such things as embarking young children behind them or taking memorial photos with these two lions has caused these lions to polish and damage.