Si-o-Se-Pol (which in Persian means “33 Bridge” or “Bridge of 33 Arches”), also known as Allahverdi Khan Bridge, is one of the eleven Esfahan bridges, crossing Zayandehrud River. It is probably the most famous of Esfahan’s bridges due to its size, central location, and prominent architecture. The bridge is a center of city nightlife that attracts both Iranians and foreign tourists. It is still the longest brick-made bridge in the city. Every traveler, who visits Esfahan, will certainly go to this bridge to enjoy walking on it to the other bank of the river. This Bridge is considered largest Iranian construction on water.
Si-o-se Pol Bridge is a stone double-deck arch bridge. It is built by the chancellor Allahverdi Khan Undiladze on commission from Shah Abbas whose chancellor he was. Construction of the bridge began in 1599 and ended 1602. The bridge is long 298 meters and wide 13.75 meters. It has 33 spans from which it gets its name with the longest span of 5.6 meters.
The bridge has a large plane at the beginning of the bridge where the Zayandeh River flows faster. There it has more arches making with that a suitable place for a tea house that can be accessed from the southern bank. There are two levels of arches. Lower level has 33 arches while upper has two arches above lower lever arch and one arch above the pier. The road that goes on the upper level is bounded by two high walls that protect travelers from winds and pedestrians that can walk there, from falling.