Another image from my trip to Iran a few years back for National Geographic…
Constructed between 1599 and 1602 The Allahverdi Khan Bridge (Persian: پل اللهوردیخان), popularly known as Si-o-se-pol (Persian: سیوسهپل, literally, ‘bridge of thirty-three [spans]’) is one of 11 bridges in Isfahan, Iran. It is the longest bridge on the Zayanderud, with a total length of almost 300m (977ft), and is one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. Isfahan was once one of the largest cities in the world, flourishing from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th & 17th centuries during the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Persian–Islamic architecture, with many beautiful palaces, boulevards, mosques, minarets and bridges. This led to the Persian proverb “Esfahān nesf-e- jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).
The Zayandeh River used to have significant flow throughout the year, unlike many of Iran’s rivers which are seasonal, but today runs dry due to water extraction before reaching Isfahan. In the early 2010s, the lower reaches of the river dried out completely after successive dry-outs.
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