The City of Beautiful Bridges

The city of Ahwaz, the capital of Khuzestan province, is one of the cradles of civilization and located near the ancient city of Susa, part of which continues to live on in the present day city of Susa. The name “Ahwaz” also attests to the long history of the city, Ahwaz is an etymon of the Elamite words “Akhozia (Auxin)” or “Khoja (Hoja)”. Some researchers believe that Ahwaz was established on the ancient city of “Tariana”, where “Nearchus”, the Commander of Alexander anchored on his way to the Persian Gulf. The founder of the Sassanid Empire, Ardashir, rebuilt Ahwaz and renamed it Hormuz Ardashir (224–242).

 

Significant developments in Ahwaz began in 1908 when Iran’s government granted shipping concession to the British company Lynch Brothers. The company created the caravan road between Ahwaz and Isfahan. With the flourishing of the nearby harbor of Nasseriyeh, the city came to be known as Bandar-e- Nasseriyeh until it was renamed again to Ahwaz by Reza Shah Pahlavi, who reigned from 1894–1921. Ahwaz became very important with the arrival of the great European oil companies and the construction of railways in 1907.

 

Major events of the 20th century were memorialized in Ahwaz with the Polish cemetery established during World War II.  The triangle-shaped building designed by Andre Godard, which now serves as the School of Literature at the Ahwaz University is also reminiscent of the presence of the Allies and President Truman’s Point Four Program. It is a city of religious minorities and the center of the Archbishop of Chaldean and the Mandaeism religion. Ahwaz is also famous for its White Bridge, a suspension bridge over the historical Karun River, Iran’s only navigable river.

Ahwaz

The city of Ahwaz, the capital of Khuzestan province, is one of the cradles of civilization and located near the ancient city of Susa, part of which continues to live on in the present day city of Susa. The name “Ahwaz” also attests to the long history of the city, Ahwaz is an etymon of the Elamite words “Akhozia (Auxin)” or “Khoja (Hoja)”. Some researchers believe that Ahwaz was established on the ancient city of “Tariana”, where “Nearchus”, the Commander of Alexander anchored on his way to the Persian Gulf. The founder of the Sassanid Empire, Ardashir, rebuilt Ahwaz and renamed it Hormuz Ardashir (224–242).

 

Significant developments in Ahwaz began in 1908 when Iran’s government granted shipping concession to the British company Lynch Brothers. The company created the caravan road between Ahwaz and Isfahan. With the flourishing of the nearby harbor of Nasseriyeh, the city came to be known as Bandar-e- Nasseriyeh until it was renamed again to Ahwaz by Reza Shah Pahlavi, who reigned from 1894–1921. Ahwaz became very important with the arrival of the great European oil companies and the construction of railways in 1907.

 

Major events of the 20th century were memorialized in Ahwaz with the Polish cemetery established during World War II.  The triangle-shaped building designed by Andre Godard, which now serves as the School of Literature at the Ahwaz University is also reminiscent of the presence of the Allies and President Truman’s Point Four Program. It is a city of religious minorities and the center of the Archbishop of Chaldean and the Mandaeism religion. Ahwaz is also famous for its White Bridge, a suspension bridge over the historical Karun River, Iran’s only navigable river.

Ahwaz

The city of Ahwaz, the capital of Khuzestan province, is one of the cradles of civilization and located near the ancient city of Susa, part of which continues to live on in the present day city of Susa. The name “Ahwaz” also attests to the long history of the city, Ahwaz is an etymon of the Elamite words “Akhozia (Auxin)” or “Khoja (Hoja)”. Some researchers believe that Ahwaz was established on the ancient city of “Tariana”, where “Nearchus”, the Commander of Alexander anchored on his way to the Persian Gulf. The founder of the Sassanid Empire, Ardashir, rebuilt Ahwaz and renamed it Hormuz Ardashir (224–242).

 

Significant developments in Ahwaz began in 1908 when Iran’s government granted shipping concession to the British company Lynch Brothers. The company created the caravan road between Ahwaz and Isfahan. With the flourishing of the nearby harbor of Nasseriyeh, the city came to be known as Bandar-e- Nasseriyeh until it was renamed again to Ahwaz by Reza Shah Pahlavi, who reigned from 1894–1921. Ahwaz became very important with the arrival of the great European oil companies and the construction of railways in 1907.

 

Major events of the 20th century were memorialized in Ahwaz with the Polish cemetery established during World War II.  The triangle-shaped building designed by Andre Godard, which now serves as the School of Literature at the Ahwaz University is also reminiscent of the presence of the Allies and President Truman’s Point Four Program. It is a city of religious minorities and the center of the Archbishop of Chaldean and the Mandaeism religion. Ahwaz is also famous for its White Bridge, a suspension bridge over the historical Karun River, Iran’s only navigable river.

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