|ALLAH VERDI KHAN BRIDGE (SIO SE POL) |
ALLAH VERDI KHAN BRIDGE (SIO SE POL)
Most of Iranians call it SI-O-SE POL the bridge of 33 arches. The bridge connects central Chahar Bagh to the lower part of Chahar Bagh Avenue. It was built in 1602. Allah Verdi Khan supervised construction of this bridge.
Allah Verdi Khan’s life is very interesting. He was born as a Christian in Georgia and he was sold as a Christian slave. He was sent to Iran. His life was painful and miserable. He was lucky enough to be sold as a slave to Shah Tahmasb Safavid court. He was a competent man who promoted fast. At the time of Shah Abbas the great he was appointed as the governor of Fars district which covered most of southern provinces Shah Abbas the great fully trusted him and was highly promoted as commander in chief. Therefore this important bridge was named after Allah Verdi Khan. He was given a Moslem Turkish name Allah “God” Verdi “given”. The builder of this strong fantastic bridge was Ostad Hossein Banna.
The bridge is 300 meters long and 14 meters wide. On the two sides of the bridge low arcade can be seen. A beautiful view of river can be seen from alcoves located on two sides of bridge. The bridge is covered to traffic, only pedestrian pass over it.