Khaju Bridge is one of the historical bridges in Isfahan which has got place in east part of the Allahverdi Khan Bridge or Si-o-she pol on Zayande-Rud River. Khaju or Shahi Bridge was built by the order of Abbas II of Persia in 1650 on the ruins of a bridge related to Timur era. Length of the bridge is 133 meters and its width is 12 meters. Decorated with many tile-works it is one of the excellent works in Isfahan. Khaju Bridge had been one of the most stoning bridges in Safavid era. At the middle of the bridge, there is a construction with some rooms decorated with paintings. The rooms devoted to the elders and rulers who used to watch swimming and sailing competition at the time of the creation of an artificial lake.
Because of the architecture and tiling decorations the Khaju Bridge is superior to any other bridges of Zayande-Rud. Abbas II of Persia’s goal for building this bridge was making a connection between Khaju district and Hasan Abad gate to Takht-e Foulad and Shiraz way. This is also known as Hasan Abad Bridge or Shiraz Bridge.
Do you know about the different names of Khaju Bridge?
This bridge has got many other names before. Baba Rokn-o Din, Khaju, Gabrha, Shiraz, Hasan Abad, Shahi Bridge, Teimuri are some of those. They had called it as Baba Rokn-o Din because it is located in Takht-e Foulad near to the old Shiraz road and Baba Rokn-o Din’s monument who was one of the famous mystics of his age had been there.
The Bridge is called Khaju because it is located in the vicinity of Khaju Bridge. And it was called Shiraz Bridge because it is located near to Isfahan to Shiraz road.
The bridge was built both for caravan and pedestrians traffic and for outing and amusement of people and the king.