The historic Pataveh Bridge or Takht-e-Shahneshin Bridge is one of the tourist attractions of Kohgiluyeh Boyer-Ahmad Province, which, despite being located in the city of Dena with its center in Sisakht, has mistakenly become known as the Pataveh-Yasuj Bridge among the Iranian people.
Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad Province
In 1996, this province had a population of about 544 thousand people, about 39% of which lived in urban areas and 60.20% in rural areas, and the rest were uninhabited. 45% of its area consists of hills, and the remaining area is covered with plains and valleys. The highest point of the province is Dena peak with an altitude of 4409 meters and the lowest point is Lishter with an altitude of 500 meters above sea level. The cities of the province include Dogonbadan, Dehdasht, Leikk, Charam, Landeh, Basht, Sisakht, Souk, Dishmuk, Sarfaryab, Qaleh Reisi, Margon, Pataveh, Chitab and Grab Sofla. The people of the province often speak the southern dialects of Lori; this dialect is understandable for other Lor speakers, especially Bakhtiari Lors, and is common in the northern shores of the Persian Gulf (Genaveh, Deylam and Tangestan counties).
Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Provinces, with an area of 16,264 square kilometers, is located in the southwest of central Iran. According to the latest political and administrative divisions in 1996, the cities of this province include Kohgiluyeh with Dehdasht as the center, Boyer-Ahmad with Yasuj and Gachsaran as the center, Yasuj as the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad. It is bordered by Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari in the north, Fars and Bushehr in the south, Isfahan and Fars in the east, and Khuzestan in the west.
The people living in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad hold New Year or Nowruz ceremonies in great detail. A few nights before the coming of the new year, they distribute a kind of halva made of milk, rice and black beans in a ceremony called Khairat Nime Barat among the neighbors. In addition to special customs and traditions for courtship and weddings, mourning and religious rituals are also held in this province with special customs. Weddings are full of colorful handkerchiefs and wickerwork that turn the ceremony into a festival of color and joy. Mourning is also full of sorrow and symbolic rituals that show the sadness of the mourners. Among the various customs that can be seen in this province, we can mention the Chale Garm konun or the preparation and eating of the most delicious local food, which is done one day before the end of the year; locals celebrate the warmth of life and welcome goodness and bless in the new year. In Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces, special clothing reflecting the culture, religious and national beliefs is used, with weather conditions influencing this clothing. Men's clothing includes round felt hats, a long coat called "Dalg" that covers the knee with a slit on both sides and the shawl, which is made of two meters of fabric tied around the waist. The other part is "jaqeh zenareh" (zenareh jaqeh), which is made of hemp and is slightly longer than dalg.
Handicrafts and Food
Vast plains, high mountains and hills have turned Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad into a unique collection of aromatic edible medicinal plants. Walnuts, honey, raisins, curds, dried plums and fruits, mint, artichoke and thyme are the most important souvenirs of this province. Among Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad tribes, the production of different handicrafts has been common for a long time. Important souvenirs of the province include carpets, gabbeh, Khorjin (double saddle bag), funeral rugs, backpacks, pouches, needle work and other nomadic handicrafts products, the purchase of which is an interesting and lasting souvenir for visitors.
Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Provinces have a valuable collection of historical and natural attractions. Inscriptions of Tang-e-Sulk, stone pillar of Dogor Do Pa, historical city of Dehdasht, soleyman castle, Pataveh bridge, Lama ancient tomb, Kahzad Dena fort, Kheirabad quadrangle, Barim bridge, Yasuj waterfall, Kamardog waterfall, Boram Alvan lake, Tange Mehr Tange Ganjei, Cheshmeh Mishi, Gonbad Leishter, etc. are among the attractions of this province.
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