of Contest for Brave Men: Kirkpinar
You can say either a lasting tradition, or the sports
of our ancestors
Kirkpinar is the place where the
Turks bravery has been written, where his courage has
been told and where his power has been shown to the
whole world for centuries
The marks on the
history which Turkish people left show themselves in their
works of art, culture, social life and customs.
Turkish people have been usually remembered during thousands
of years as a warrior nation on the lands which they
conquered. The preparations for the war of Turkish army were
mainly sports and wrestling. The origin of the Turkish
wrestling is based on the era when the Hun Empire was
established. At that time the wrestling was organized as
Karakucak. After the Ottoman Empire passed to Rumelia, it
started to be organized as greased wrestling without losing
its self and soul and became an extant tradition.
The Rise of
There are many stories about the rise of the historical
Kirkpinar Wrestling. The most common of them is shortly like
During the wartimes which Orhan Gazi organized to conquer
Rumelia in 1346, his brother Süleyman Pasha with 40 soldiers
walked upon Domuzhisar belonging to Byzantines. They
conquered there by raiding. After conquering other castles,
the scout with 40 people returned and stopped for a rest in
Samona which is in Greece now. 40 heroes wrestled there.
During the wrestling for hours, it was seen that two
brothers, named Ali and Selim, could not defeat each other.
Later on a spring festival day, on Ahiköy field near Edirne,
the same couple wrestled again. The brothers who could not
defeat each other although they wrestled all the day,
continued to wrestle by the light of the candles all night.
But they died being out of breath.
Their friends left the place after burying them under a fig
tree on the same place. After years when they went to the
same place they saw a spring on the land where the two
wrestlers graves stood. And then the people called the
district as KIRKPINAR in memoriam of the ones resting
The place of
Kirkpinar and its moving to Edirne City
The real KIRKPINAR field is the area within the meadow of
Samona village in Greece. At the end of the Balkan Wars and
the First World War, Kirkpinar Wrestling was organized in
Virantekke between Edirne and Mustafapaşa Road. After the
Republic, the wrestling started to be organized in Sarayiçi
in Edirne in 1924.
Kirkpinar Wrestling was organized by Kirkpinar Aghas until
1928. They provided the awards on the wrestling and the
entertainment of the guests.
But because of the economic distress in the country in 1928,
nobody applied for being agha and the organization of the
wrestling and the entertainment of the guests were
undertaken by the Red Crescent and the Society for the
Protection of Children.
The historical Kirkpinar Wrestling has started to be
organized by the Edirne Municipality since 1946. In the same
year, the mayor Tahsin Şipka held the Kirkpinar Wrestling
among the municipality services.
period of the year is Kirkpinar Wrestling organized?
Traditionally, the Kirkpinar Wrestling is organized at the
last week of June each year.