Explore the rich history of ancient Iranian sports and athletics on a 5-hour tour. See Pahlevani and Zourkhaneh rituals and athletics and observe how athletics were wrestling in the old times. Experience the way they prepare themselves and learn their gymnastic movements as they practice in front of your eyes. In this half-day experience, we will introduce you to cultural nuances and meanings behind each and every one of the rituals and movements.
12 - 75 Years
We will start the tour at noon, starting from the old pedestrian area in front of the Amir Chakhmaq Mosque Complex. As you are wandering in the adobe alleys of yazd, You'd feel you're walking in a world without cars, and you'll get a small taste of the traditional lifestyle of Yazd. Later, we would taste Yazd traditional desserts and sweets. In the evening, we will visit the famous Zourkhaneh in Yazd called Saheb Al Zaman Zourkhaneh. You will enjoy the Pahlevani and Zourkhaneh rituals and see athletics performance at the center of this Zourkhaneh.
Here you can find men of all ages, from young boys to older men exercising and experience the form of gymnastic movements and traditional sports activities. While the athletes hold a pair of Meels (bowling-pin-shaped wooden clubs of varying sizes and weights, which are swung in certain patterns), you will hear the Morshed reading the poems of the Iranian epic poetry. Finally, we will visit the traditional water storage underneath the Zourkhaneh.
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