- Although the bridge was repaired on several occasions, today, only one arch survives. It is wide enough to offer room for a modern road.
© Livius (click to enlarge).
Pol-e Dokhtar means “bridge of the daughter”, 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. The bridge’s dimensions are 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.
Although the bridge was repaired on several occasions, today, only one arch survives. It is wide enough to offer room for a modern road.
The clip has two parts. The first part is created using Autocad, 3D Studio and Adobe Premiere. This took around a few days to compile. The Second part is created using Sketchup and Adobe Premiere in 3 hours.
You can visit my photo gallery about the Kashkan bridge here.