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    Posted: 26-Dec-2008 at 08:26
More than 270 meters long and 30 meters high:
 
http://www.livius.org/k/karkheh/pol-e_dokhtar.html
 
 

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The bridge across the Kashkan at Pol-e Dokhtar. Photo Marco Prins.
Pol-e Dokhtar
Pol-e Dokhtar: Sasanian bridge on the river Kashkan, near the place where it empties itself in the Karkheh (ancient Choaspes).

Pol-e Dokhtar means "bridge of the daughter", and is probably named after a daughter of the builder of this bridge, the Sasanian king Shapur I (241-272). However, the word dokhtar also expresses the wish that the construction remains pure and "intact" like a virgin, and is not an uncommon name in Iran (at Bishapur is a "castle of the daughter").


The bridge across the Kashkan at Pol-e Dokhtar. Photo Marco Prins.
The bridge's dimensions are truly enormous: it is about 270 meters long and rises about 30 meters above water level.  Eight arches were necessary to span the river Kashkan, the upper course of the Choaspes (modern Karkheh). The Pol-e Dokhtar was part of the Royal road, which connected the Persian capitals Istakhr and Bishapur with towns in central and northern Mesopotamia, like Ctesiphon, Arbela, Hatra, Nisibis, and Edessa.
The bridge across the Kashkan at Pol-e Dokhtar. Photo Marco Prins.
Although the bridge was repaired on several occasions, today, only one arch survives. It is wide enough to offer room for a modern road
 
 


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Thank you Cyrus. Another monument which has been abandon by Islamic Republic instead of restoring.  
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It's certainly monumental. There is another huge bridge in Iran built by Roman Emperor Valerian (whilst captive) in return for his freedom, called the Shadravan Bridge.

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Shadorvan is correct. We use Shadravan for those who has passed away in Persian.
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Thanks for the correction - I was unsure of the spelling.

A worthy competitor would surely be Trajan's Bridge over the Danube in Dacia. It is truly epic, and as far as I am aware, it is the largest Roman Bridge -

1150m long and up to 20m high (so not quite as high as the Pol-E Doktar), and 15m wide. It was only built in 2 years because the part of the river (which is 800m wide) was diverted.

My source on the measurements is Wikipedia, by the way.



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Another Roman bridge over Danube was built in 328 (under Constantine the Great) between Sucidava (Romania) and Oescus (Bulgaria). It was 2400 m long and is considered the biggest bridge of Antiquity.







See the info on this link this link and
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine's_Bridge



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Ancient bridges of Iran had mostly impressive heights, for example the ancient bridge of Tabas was originally more than 60 meters high!
 
 


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That is epic, Cyrus.

The Alcantara Bridge over the Tagus River in Spain is another huge one built by the Romans under Trajan. It still stands at 71m high. Unfortunately there aren't many photos which give a true depiction of its proportional height.





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I think this is the greatest bridge in Iran: http://www.allempires.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=22176
 
Anceint Bridge of Dezful
 
During the Iran-Iraq war several Iranian and Iraqi tanks and other very heavy vehicles crossed this ancient bridge.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dezful :

Dezful (Dezh-pol, Persian: دزفول Fortress Bridge) is a city in the Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran.

The most famous ancient structure of the city is a bridge that dates back to 300 BCE.

The name "Dezful" has been derived from the two words "Dezj" (fortress)+ "Pol" (bridge), that in combination can stand for 'the bridge to the fortress' or 'fortified bridge'[2].


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you have to admire the mathematics involved in designing such structures
hi syris sharmiri
who built the iranian bridge depicted in your post?
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Originally posted by Truthisnotrelitive

you have to admire the mathematics involved in designing such structures
hi syris sharmiri
who built the iranian bridge depicted in your post?
I don't think that we know it.
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