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Zurkhaneh (house of strength) is an ancient Persian gymnasium where the Sport of Heroes, which combines pre-Islamic Persian culture with the spirituality of Sufism, is practiced.

Zurkhaneh (house of strength) is an ancient Persian gymnasium where the Sport of Heroes, which combines pre-Islamic Persian culture with the spirituality of Sufism, is practiced.

Tehran’s Arasbaran Cultural Center has mounted a photo exhibition in the Iranian capital to introduce Zurkhaneh sports and the Sport of Heroes. The event displays a collection of 20 photographs taken by Saeed Mahmoudi, Nasser Mizbani, Seyyed Asghar Khodai and Meysam Movahhedfard. Organized by Iran's International Federation of Zurkhaneh Sports and the Ferdowsi Foundation, the exhibition will run until August 10. Zurkhaneh (house of strength) is an ancient Persian gymnasium where the Sport of Heroes, which combines pre-Islamic Persian culture with the spirituality of Sufism, is practiced. It is a unique sports club, where a man's physical improvement is considered vital for spiritual enlightenment. The rituals of the Sport of Heroes date back to the Parthian era and symbolize Persian ideals about spiritual growth, masculinity, religious devotion and physical prowess. The Zurkhaneh and Sport of Heroes rituals were registered on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding during the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2010. TE/TE