Zayandeh Rud (life giver river) was the largest river on the central plateau of Iran, Isfahan Province. Esfahan or Isfahan (ancient Aspadana) on the northern bank of the Zayandeh Rud, is a famous ancient city that was renowned in former times for its architectural grandeur and the beauty of its public gardens, and all of these attractions had one reason: Zayandeh Rud (Zaindeh Rud).
Zayandeh Rud river in Esfahan, central Iran, which passes under the historical Sio-Seh-Pol bridge, is one of the icons of the city and a tourist attraction. The Zayandeh starts in the Zagros Mountains and flows 400 kilometres (200 mi) eastward before ending in the Gavkhouni swamp, southeast of Esfahan city. The Zayandeh Rud was spanned by many historical Safavid era bridges, and flows through many parks. But now, Zayandeh Rud is dead.
Zayandeh Rud normally has significant flow all year long, unlike many of Iran’s rivers which are seasonal. But in recent years, due to stupid plans of the savage Mullahs (especially their stupid dams) and diversion of water resources feeding the river, Zayandeh Rud has been completely drying up. As we said before, the number of Environmental disasters in Iran is really large (check Archive). “The savage Mullahs, who are the anti-Iran and pro-Arab force, occupied Iran and destroyed it completely”, many believe. The Mullah Age is the darkest age in Iran’s contemporary history.
Zayandeh Rud was a historical symbol for the historical city of Isfahan. In fact, Zayandeh Rud was a synonym for Isfahan. The beautiful and famous bridges of Isfahan, Sio-Se-Pol (Thirty Three Bridge) and Pole-Khajo (Khajo Bridge) and other bridges, that were built in 17th century CE, are great bridges over Zayandeh Rud. These historical bridges are among the longest and most beautiful historical bridges in the world. But know Zayandeh Rud is dead and these historical bridges have become meaningless and ruined.
Zayandeh Rud was alive for thousands years, before the dark age of the savage Mullahs. The river has a meaningful name: “Zayandeh” that means “alive” and “life giver” (“Rud” in Persian means “river”). In fact, Zayandeh Rud gave life to the central Iran, and its largest city, Isfahan, but now Zayandeh Rud is dead and it’s not “life giver”. Now, it has become “death giver”, like all other things in the dark age of the savage Mullahs.
Zayandeh Rud’s nights and Zayandeh Rud’s famous bridges were unique attractions for Iranians and the foreign tourists in the past centuries. The first western tourists, who went to Iran in 16th century and kept a journal of their trip, and all other western tourists that went to Iran in 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and wrote about their trips, have written a lot about Isfahan and Zayandeh Rud’s bridges and its beauties.
Esfahan’s golden age began in 1598 when Shah Abbas I, made it the national capital. Under his patronage the city attained the peak of its growth, commercial prosperity, and architectural splendor. According to the estimates the population then numbered at least 500,000. But now in 2010s, we know that Esfahan’s darkest age is the Mullah age. The savage Mullahs and their Mahmoud (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) are really worst than the savage Mahmoud Afghan, who attacked Iran, occupied Isfahan and massacred the people in 18th century. Mahmoud Afghan could not destroy Zayandeh Rud, but Mahmoud Mullah could.
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