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    Saheb-al-Zaman Zurkhaneh Yazd, Iran

    Yazd - Saheb-al-Zaman Zurkhaneh    Yazd, Iran


    • Price: 1 $
    • Working Hours: All days from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M.

    Zurkhaneh sport is another name for Iranian traditional sports. The place where they do traditional sports is called a Zurkhaneh. Apart from traditional sports, athletic wrestling is also done in Zurkhaneh.
    Saheb al-Zaman Zurkhaneh is the greatest zurkhaneh in Yazd Province and all its equipments and materials are from Cultural Heritage Organization and its land is for Endowments Directorate.


    The cavernous ab anbar (water reservoir), built around 1580, resembles a 29m-high standing egg from the inside. Crowned with five burly badgirs, this impressive piece of architecture stored water for much of the city until modern irrigation made it redundant. The building has found a new purpose as a zurkhaneh (house of strength) in which javan mard (gentlemen) exercise using heavy wooden clubs to build muscle. The practitioners of this ancient sport are expected to display chivalrous values and embrace high integrity.



    There is a circular corridor which goes around the water cistern. Some areas of the water reservoir are used as the changing rooms for the body builders and wrestlers. A protective net is placed over the reservoir. The participants have the wudhu (ablution) before entering the arena. Visitors are permitted to sit around the central exercise area (shoes should be removed) and watch the exercise sessions. These are accompanied by rhythmic drumming that helps the whirling individuals to reach almost religious heights of concentration. Murshad (master) sits in a high chair and he oversees the proceedings.


    There is a large collection of photos on the walls of the club including photos of the historical Jawanmard (gentlemen). Training sessions usually start in the evening.

    This body building club is located close to Amir Chakhmaq Square. This zurkhaneh in Yazd has featured in many TV programs and documentaries as well.

    The world registry documents of athletic and zurkhaneh traditions were prepared by the efforts of Iranian Federation of Athletic and Zurkhane Sports with the help of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Orgaization. Athletic and zurkhaneh traditions were registered in UNESCO list of spiritual heritage by Iran on 25th of Aban 1389 or 16th of November 2010.

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    Exercise Hours:
    All days except Friday from 6 A.M. to 7 A.M.
    All days except Friday from 4:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
    All days except Friday from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M.
    All days except Friday from 7:15 P.M. to 8:15 P.M.
    Fridays from 5 P.M. to 6 P.M.

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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.