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I went to the Güreş on my own, and as a very distinctly looking western woman, with some trepidations. Would this be a problem? But far from it, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and after a few minutes of sitting down in a...More
The oil wrestling in Edirne is a national championship that has an over 650 years of tradition. If you are interested in an authentic and ethnic sports event this is a must. Plus you can combine it with an historic visit to one of the...More
Three day event. Festival/Fair atmosphere surrounding a stadium where the wrestling takes place. Take in belly dancers, beer, and roasted lamb at the festival while taking a break from the wrestling. Be a savvy traveler as there is not much English spoken in or around...More
KIRKPINAR, TRADITIONAL OIL WRESTLING
The former Ottoman capital of Edirne hosts a wrestling festival early July. The Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Tournament, which has been held annually for over 630 years, begins with a prayer for the wrestlers recited by the cazgir, or tournament announcer, who...More
You have to admire an athletic competition that has been around -- and relatively unchanged -- for the past 650+ years. These guys are tough ... no whining, no trophy just for showing up, and no mercy for second place! It helps to have a...More
This was a great and very interesting life exprience. Oil wrestling is a very old tradional sport for Turks. Every year the first week of july this event is being repeted in Edirne.
I highly recommend to visit this interesting event.
This type of wresling exists only in Turkey.Different from Sumo in Japan or Mongolian wresling. It has a history of 651 years.And it is supported by a mass of Turkish people. I attended for two full days under simmering heat. The final game,in which Ali...More