"Piro Delal (Stone Bridge)" Zakho Things to Do Tip by maykal
Zakho Things to Do: 2 reviews and 6 photos
Zaxo's big attraction is the old stone bridge over the River Habur. It's not the easiest thing to find without a map, and Zaxo is bigger than it seems at first. Head to the big roundabout with the enormous Kurdish flag at the end of the main street, and turn right, which will take you down to the riverside, and the bridge is about 5 minutes' walk to the left.
The bridge itself is quite high up. There is no hand rail, and it isn't the widest of bridges, so maybe not a crossing for those with vertigo...a steep path leads you over the three stone arches and down to a collection of makeshift sweet stalls on the other side, where you can clamber down to the rocks below and view the rushing river close up. The bridge doesn't really take you anywhere nowadays, as Zaxo pretty much ends on the other side, so the best thing to do is cross back over, where there are a number of outdoor teahouses, some of them offering nargileh.
I bought a packet of biscuits at one of the stalls, and sat down to eat them by the river. The place was empty on a cloudy Wednesday morning, but it wasn't long before I was spotted. A boy, maybe about 6 or 7 years old, dressed in a dirty t-shirt and trousers with holes at the knee, came and asked for a few dinars. I don't like giving money to kids, and I didn't have any small change anyway, so I offered him a biscuit. He took the packet, ate one biscuit and handed the rest back. Take some more, I said...he placed his right hand over his heart, a way of saying no thanks. His name was Ali. He was an Arabic speaker, which surprised me...most kids in Iraqi Kurdistan speak kurdish only, so I asked where he was from. Mosul, he told me. Mosul...one of the most dangerous places in Iraq. Then a bus went past, crammed with kids leaning out the windows screaming and waving and singing. Ali shook my hand, then ran off to wave back at them.
Back to the bridge. I don't know who built it or how old it is, and looking online I can't find it out either, but it's a fine piece of architecture and worth seeking out if you're passing through Zaxo.
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