Taşköprü (Kars)

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Taşköprü

Taşköprü
20110419 Tas Kopru bridge Kars Turkey Panorama.jpg
Taşköprü seen from downstream
Coordinates40°36′42″N 43°05′19″E / 40.61167°N 43.08861°E / 40.61167; 43.08861 (Taşköprü)Coordinates: 40°36′42″N 43°05′19″E / 40.61167°N 43.08861°E / 40.61167; 43.08861 (Taşköprü)
LocaleKars, Eastern Anatolia Region, Turkey
Other name(s)Stone Bridge
Characteristics
DesignArch bridge
MaterialStone masonry
No. of spans3
History
Construction end1579, 1719
Location

Taşköprü, or the Stone Bridge, is a stone three-arch bridge over the Kars River (a tributary of the Aras River) river, northwest of Kars city center and directly south of Kars castle.

The bridge was built in 1579 of ashlar basalt blocks as part of a program of works in Kars by Lala Mustafa Pasha, who became Sultan Murad III's grand vizier the following year. This bridge was subsequently destroyed by a flood, and it was rebuilt in 1719 (some records say 1725) by Karahanoğlu Haci Ebubekir Bey. It was restored by the 18th Region of the Highways Directorate in 2013.

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