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During the 1930s the traditional Iranian style of wrestling were replaced with the international style. Later on the exercises for the traditional wrestling was renamed to “Varzesh-e Bastani” (the ancient sport).

Varzesh-e Bastani is still practiced in traditional gyms known as Zurkhaneh. It is a men-only practice.

The photographs here are taken by Kamyar Adl in a Zurkhaneh in Tehran.

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (2)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (3)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (4)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (5)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (6)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (7)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (8)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (9)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (10)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (11)

Zurkhanehye Ayatollah Taleghani-Chizar roundabout-Tehran (12)

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