Red Bridge (Yerevan)
The Red bridge during World War I, the Yerevan Fortress in the background
|Other name(s)||Khoja Plav Bridge|
|Total length||80 m|
|Constructed by||Khoja-plav (reconstructed)|
reconstructed in 1830
The Red Bridge (Armenian: Կարմիր կամուրջ, Karmir kamurj; also known as the Old Bridge of Hrazdan; and also known as Bridge of Khoja Plav, Armenian: Խոջա Փլավի կամուրջ, Khoja Plavi kamurj) is a 17th-century bridge on the Hrazdan River, in Yerevan, Armenia.
It was called ‘red’ because it was built with red tuffa. The bridge was also called “Khoja-plav bridge”, because it was reconstructed by a rich man from Kanaker named Khoja-plav.
The total length of the bridge was 80 meters, and the height was 11 meters. It had 4 arches, 2 were in the middle and were squiggly. Other two arches were in the coasts of the Hrazdan River.
Before the 1679 earthquake there was a bridge in the same place, but it was ruined by the earthquake. It provided economic connections between the Yerevan Fortress (in place of the Yerevan Ararat Wine Factory) and the Ararat Plain.
- (Armenian) Yervand Shahaziz, The Old Yerevan (Հին Երևանը), pp. 186-187
- (Armenian) V. M. Harutyunyan, Caravanserais and bridges of the Medieval Armenia (Միջնադարյան Հայաստանի քարավանատներն ու կամուրջները), pp. 12
- (Armenian) Tadevos Hakobyan; ԵՐԵՎԱՆԻ ՊԱՏՄՈՒԹՅՈՒՆԸ (1500–1800 ԹԹ.) (History of Yerevan (1500-1800), 1971, Publishing of YSU, p. 373