Khaju Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Iran. As well as being a bridge and weir, this bridge functions as a building and a place for public meetings. It is decorated with paintings and tile works. It is a thorough sample of Persian architecture. After 350 years of being constructed, the bridge is still working. It functions as a recreation center aiming at social interactions and cultural exchange.
Pole Khaju or Kahju Bridge is the finest bridge in Isfahan. This bridge was built in order of Shah Abbas II, the Persian Safavid King, in 1650.
Besides functioning as a bridge and a weir, it also functions as a building and a place for public meetings. This bridge is decorated with artistic tilework and fabulous paintings. There is a pavilion in the center of the structure that Shah Abbas (King Abbas) has once sat on and admired the view. Although, the only remnant of the king’s chair is a stone seat.
It is one of the true examples of Persian architecture and shows the Safavid cultural influence in Iran. As Upham Pope puts it:
The culminating monument of Persian bridge architecture and one of the most interesting bridges extant…where the whole has rhythm and dignity and combines in the happiest consistency, utility, beauty, and recreation.
It has 23 arches with a length of 133 meters and a width of 12 meters. The bridge passway is 7.5 meters wide and this two-storey bridge is made of bricks and stones. It is good to mention that it has 21 larger and 26 smaller inlet and outlet channels. Notably, the stone pieces used in the bridge are 2 meters long. They repaired the bridge in 1873.
Due to sluice gates under the archways over the river, it regulates the water flow in the river. When the sluice gates are closed, the water level rises, so it facilitates the irrigation of many gardens along the river. Notably, the lower level of the bridge is accessible for pedestrians and is a suitable shady place for relaxing.
The pedestrian level of the bridge makes a vaulted space within arches that make it a microclimatic condition. So that weather flows and produces a cool climatic condition.
The stepped cascade for enhancing the effectiveness of the flood control is on the western side of the bridge. People also gathered there together to do their laundry or meet with each other due to the coolness of the flowing water.
The Bridge Beauties
Today original paintings and beautiful tile work are available on the bridge. Additionally, the bridge is still working, although it’s been 350 years since its construction. It functions as a recreation center, social exchange, and culture.
The amazing arches inside the bridge catch everyone’s attention right at first sight, especially at nights when they are decorated with luminous lights.
Where to Eat near Khaju Bridge
There are so many restaurants around Khaju Bridge. Hermes Cafe Restaurant is a well-known Italian restaurant with a comforting and warm environment. There is a branch of Hermes Cafe at Isfahan City Center. Another famous restaurant nearby is Khangostar Restaurant where you can have delicious Persian Dishes. Other good cafes which you can go to are Lotus Cafe Restaurant, Mir Chocolate Cafe Restaurant, Dirooz Emrooz Cafe, and so many other ones.
Where to Stay near Khaju Bridge
Parsian Suite Hotel, Pol and Park Hotel, Espadana Hotel, and Melal Hotel are right across Khaju Bridge. Tourist Hotel, Parsian Ali-Qapu Hotel, Pars Hotel, and Sheykh Bahaei Hotel are some of the other nearby hotels on Shams Abadi Street. Khaju Hotel is a great 4-star hotel where you can enjoy your stay near Zayandehrud River. If you want to have a budget stay, we suggest taking a look at our page: Cheap Hotels in Isfahan.