Located on the line linking Iran to Turkey (Tabriz-Van), the Ghotour Bridge is one of the most spectacular in Iran. It is guarded by a small military force housed in little barracks on one end of the bridge (on the right side of the picture - but we were warned not to frame the facilities in our pictures!).
The highest bridge in the Middle East for over 30 years, the Ghatoor or Ghotour Railway Bridge is a large steel arch bridge in Iran’s West Azarbaijan Province. Constructed in 1970 and designed by the American Bridge Company, the main arch spans 732 feet (223 m) as it carries the track 390 feet (119 m) above an arid, rocky river gorge. The truss-arch is similar to the original Burro Creek bridge in the U.S. state of Arizona which was also designed in the 1960s by the American Bridge Company.