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Watch Pahlevani exercise in Zurkhaneh

For travelers looking for insight into traditional Iranian and Yazd culture, pahlevani is the perfect experience

This ancient sport is a gymnastic performance combined with martial arts. It was originally used to train Persian warriors and is now used for exercise.

Located just north of Amir Chaqmargh Square is the famous Saheb Al-Zaman Zurkhaneh. Give yourself two hours to check out the Zurkhaneh and one of the three pahlevani performances each day. Watch as the men coordinate fancy footwork to intense drumming and poetry that rings through the domed arena.

To best appreciate the athletes abilities, attempt to yield one of the athletes meels. The heavy clubs are swung during the pahlevani exercises to improve strength and mobility. While it may seem easy, even the lightest meels are hard to use by untrained athletes.

After the performance, continue to explore Saheb Al-Zaman Zurkhaneh and visit the water reservoir underneath the building. This impressive structure was used to cool and store water in the desert. Closely tied to the early success of Yazd and the traditional pahlevanan exercise, the water reservoir is an important structure for the Yazd community.

Many World Heritage sites are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check official websites for more information.

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Watch Pahlevani exercise in Zurkhaneh

Hours

6am-9PM Saturday-Thursday
Closed on Fridays

Pricing

50.000 Rials