Nat Geo shares a photo of the Khudaferin bridge on its Instagram

By | Rachel Brooks

March 14, 2021 

Image credit: “File:Khodaferin.jpg” by Талех is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

National Geographic published an image of the Azerbaijani historic Khudaferin bridge on its Instagram account on Sunday. The bridge’s recognition was appreciated in Azerbaijan’s national newspapers, Trend Agency and AzerNews, as well as by MenaFN. 

The international magazine and television media company is a prestigious American owned journal of world culture. NatGeo has, over the years, published many reviews of the rich culture of Azerbaijan, called by the outlet a “modern marvel” that was once a destination of the “ancient silk road.” See National Geographic Travel Destinations. 

National Geographic has paid careful attention to the intricacy of Azerbaijani culture, recording the best local favorites for the modern attractions tourist, while paying homage to the ancient culture that draws many to the nation. 

Located in the Azerbaijani Province of Jabrayil, the historic Khodaafarin Bridge dates to the 12th century and connects the banks of the Araz River, along the border between Azerbaijan and Iran,” wrote National Geographic, as a caption for the photo.  

Azerbaijani journalist Leyla Sarabi’s broadcast at the Khudaferin Bridge. 


“Jabrayil is one of seven Azerbaijani provinces surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, which was occupied by Armenian forces for over two decades and recently recaptured by Azerbaijan.”

The photo that National Geographic shared was created by Rena Effendi photography. Rena Effendi is a frequent contributor to National Geographic, and has photographed and filmed the Syrian crisis, life in Romania, Ethiopia, and more destinations.

Khudaferin Bridge was constructed in the 11 and 12th centuries as a major highway of the Silk Road. A brief history of the bridge is recorded in “Azerbaijan: Short History of Statehood”

The bridge has a sister bridge that crosses the Khramchay River, known in Azerbaijan as the Tepedoy,  the natural water border of Azerbaijan and Georgia. This is called the Red Bridge, also known as Sinigh Korpu is along the Gazakh-Tbilisi highway. The Red Bridge has similar architectural work to that of the Khudaferin, with a triangular facade in curved arches. The Red Bridge runs along cliffs with red clay and has itself a reddish appearance.  See IRS Architecture for more.