Isfahan is full of well-known attractions, but if you want to name one first, without a doubt you mention Sio Se Pol Bridge as the most popular landmark of the city. In other words, Sio Se Pol is the image of Isfahan; therefore, if anyone says the name of the city, the first thing that comes to mind is the picture of this bridge. Even when you say the name of the bridge the first name that comes to the mouth is Isfahan. So, Sio Se Pol is the picture of the city of Isfahan and the most popular attraction.
Before we start to tell the story of how Sio Se Pol became Sio Se Pol, we should mention that there are 11 bridges on Zayandeh Roud River and this bridge is the longest among all. It has 297 meters in length and 14.75 meters in height. This can be one of the reasons why Sio Se Pol is more popular than others.
The construction of Sio Se Pol Bridge dates back to the Safavid era (17th century). It was built during the time of Shah Abbas reign. The bridge was first called by the name of its constructor, Allah Verdi Khan, but after a while the named changed to Sio Se Pol, which means “33 bridges”. The reason for assigning this number to the name of this bridge is that it has 33 arches. The reflection of the bridge into the water of Zayandeh Roud makes the most breathtaking image, that’s why this bridge is more popular in the night. Moreover, it has a quiet and calm atmosphere, which makes it a great choice for most tourist to walk over at night.
Sio Se Pol Bridge is the most visited attraction in Isfahan, it is located near Enghelab Square. However, it might not be very close to other tourist attractions of Isfahan, but it is easily accessible from everywhere. The distance between the bridge and Naghshe Jahan Square is 2.6 km which can be reached in 10 minutes by car. Moreover, the nearest attraction to this bridge is the Hasht Behesh Palace which is just 1 km away from this landmark and can be reached in 10 minutes on foot. The greatest things it that, there are high-quality hotels near this bridge.
Parsian Kowsar Hotel Isfahan is one of them which is located at the bank of Zayandeh Roud with a great view of Sio Se Pol Bridge and the river. You can also find great restaurants and cafes around the bridge. And the bus stop in Enghelab Square even makes it easier for the guests to come and visit this spectacular bridge.
As mentioned earlier, there are many bus-stops close to this attraction which makes it easily accessible from all around the city. Moreover, if you are staying in any hotels near Chaharbagh Abbasi Street or the city centre, Such as the Abbasi Hotel, you can easily walk to this attraction.
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