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Lashkar (army) Weir Bridge is a 124-meter-long and 36-meter-high Sassanid (224–651 CE) structure with 13 arches that channeled water. It is believed that the weir bridge was named Lashkar (army) perhaps due to its proximity to the remains of the walls of a military fortress known as Khoram.
This weir bridge is located near Imamzadeh Abdullah and once played a critical role in connecting Shushtar to the villages south of the city. The remains of three old watermills are located on the southern side of the bridge which once provided flour for the inhabitants of nearby areas.
There is a small four-iwan room on a cliff on the northern side of the bridge, which is believed to have been used for religious purposes before Islam. This room was later used as a guardroom.
One of the best maintained Sassanid bridges, Sarooj (mix of lime and clay) and sandstone were used in the construction of Lashkar Weir Bridge. The weir bridge was renovated during the Safavid era (1501–1736). Five of the bridge’s water arches were destroyed during the Qajar era (1785–1925) and rebuilt through the efforts of the locals.
Lashkar Weir Bridge is part of the UNESCO registered Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System.
Shushtar Khuzestan Province