Major restoration and reconstruction of the historical Khajou bridge in the ancient city of Isfahan got underway, IRNA reported on Sunday.
A specialist from Isfahan province Cultural Heritage Department, Mohammad Mottaqi, told IRNA that a preliminary credit of rls 400 million has been allocated to the restoration project, which is to be commissioned jointly with Isfahan municipality.
"The basic foundation of the bridge was laid between 875-882 AH under the reign of Hassan Beik Aq Qoyunlu nicknamed as Ozun-Hassan. "Khajou bridge was set up on the foundation of the ancient bridge upon the order of Shah Abbas II," he added.
The official said that the bridge, one of Iran's architectural masterpieces, had a three-fold application in the past, handling the traffic, serving as a dam and a recreation center.
"On the upper floor of the bridge, there was a recreation center called 'Beiglar Beigi' used especially by the Safavid kings," he added.
According to him, the 135-meter-long historical Khajou bridge consists of 24 mouths and its restoration will include the repair and replacement of its stonework, brickwork and tilework as well as the renewal of its internal decoration by painting its interior and the insulation of the bridge ceiling.
"The damaged parts of the bridge will be repaired by using compatible building materials and in accordance with the basic construction principles of the historical monuments," he concluded.
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