Akbari Bridge- Jaunpur
Shahi or Akbari Bridge, an extremely picturesque old bridge over River Gomti in Jaunpur city, U.P., India, was constructed by Munim Khan Khan Khanan, a dedicated & diligent administrator, in 1568 and the bridge is supposed to have been completed in four years span. The bridge was designed by Afghan architect Afzal Ali. It is 654 feet long, 26 feet wide, with two feet solid stone parapet on both sides and 16 arches and light pillared kiosqued crowning on either extremity of each pier. On the southern side of the roadway is a colossal stone lion statue standing over an elephant. It bears no inscriptions but it is obviously the outcome of ancient Hindu workmanship and a mosque is situated in front of it. In 1847, the then collector of Jaunpur added small canopies on the both sides of the bridge so that one could have a majestic view of the flowing river. The bridge was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1934; however, it was subsequently restored to its original look. The bridge is on the protection & conservation list of the Directorate of Archaeology, U.P. since 1976.