Khajoo

خاجو


See Also:Khaju Bridge


ID:7390 Section: Structure

Updated:Tuesday 8th September 2009

Khajoo Definition

Khajoo Bridge was built during Shah Abbas 2's reign. In the middle of the bridge a special building called Beyler-Beygi had been made for residence of the royal family.Khajoo is arguably the finest bridge in the province of Isfahan, Iran. It was built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 AD., on the foundations of an older bridge. Serving as both a bridge, and a water regulator, it links the Khajoo quarter on the north bank with the Zoroastrian quarter across the Zayanderood. Although architecturally functioning as a bridge it also served a primary function as a building and a place for public meetings. This structure originally was decorated with artistic tile works and paintings serving as a teahouse; In the center of the structure, a pavilion exists inside of which Shah Abbas would have once sat, admiring the views. Today remnants of a stone seat is all that remains of the king's chair. This bridge highlights one of the finest examples of Persian architecture at the height of Safavid cultural influence in Iran.

Tags:Iran, Isfahan, Khajoo, Khaju, Persian, Persian architecture, Safavid, Shah, Shah Abbas, Shah Abbas 2, Zayanderood, Zoroastrian

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