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Photos: Seminaries Students Zourkhaneh Competitions in Qom, Iran

11/21/08

Photos by Mohammad Akhlaghi, ISNA

مسابقات زورخانه‌اي طلاب سراسر كشور در قم

Zourkhaneh, literally meaning house of strength, is the Iranian national sport also called varzesh-e pahlavani (sport of heroes) or varzesh-e bastani (sport of ancients) played in an Iranian traditional gymnasium.

Zourkhaneh is not only a place where physical exercises are held but also one where chivalry is learned. The Zourkhaneh sportsman is first expected to be pure, truthful, good-tempered and then physically strong. Zourkhaneh and varzesh-e pahlavani have their roots in Iranian culture and date back at least 2000 years ago.

 






























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