Khodaafarin Bridges

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Khodaafarin Bridges
Khudafarin bridge in 16 November 2020 (3).jpg
One of the bridges in 2020
Coordinates39°09′00″N 46°56′30″E / 39.15°N 46.9416°E / 39.15; 46.9416Coordinates: 39°09′00″N 46°56′30″E / 39.15°N 46.9416°E / 39.15; 46.9416
CrossesAras River
LocaleJabrayil District, Azerbaijan / East Azerbaijan Province, Iran
Official nameAzerbaijani: Xudafərin körpüləri, Persian: پل خداآفرین
Characteristics
Total length130 m (427 ft) (first bridge)
200 m (656 ft)) (second bridge)
History
Constructed byFadl ibn Muhammad
Built1027 AD (first bridge)
ClosedYes

Khodaafarin Bridges (Azerbaijani: Xudafərin körpüləri, Persian: پل خداآفرین‎) are two Khudafarin arch bridges, which are located at the border of Azerbaijan and Iran connecting the northern and southern banks of the Aras River. Located on the historical Silk Road, the 11-arched bridge was built in the 11th-12th centuries and the 15-arched bridge in the 13th century.[1]

After the occupation of the Jabrayil district by Armenian forces in 1993, the Khudaafarin bridges fell within the self-declared but un-recognised entity of Nagorno Karabagh. During this period a large international dam straddling the river Araz was built directly west of the bridges but the bridge-ruins themselves remained intact. The dam was inaugurated in 2010.

Khodaafarin bridges with the dam seen behind

On 18 October 2020, Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev stated that Azerbaijani soldiers had reclaimed the bridges[2] within the context of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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  1. ^ Archaeological Baseline Data Archived 2012-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Azerbaijani President: Azerbaijan's Armed Forces have raised Azerbaijan's flag over the ancient Khudaferin Bridge". APA.az. 18 October 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2020.

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