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Cypress of Abarkuh, Symbol of “Life and Beauty”

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 18:22

Abarkuh Cypress (Sarve Abarkooh) is Iran's oldest living organism and the second oldest living organism of the world.

According to an ISCA report, the height of the tree is almost 28 meters and circumference of 18 meters. Although the tree is known to date at least 5,000 years, scientists from Japan and Russia have estimated its age to 8000 years and Russian scientist have estimated its age between 4,000 to 4,500 years.

The city of Abarkuا (also known as Abarghoo) is located at 151 KM south of the beautiful city of Yazd. The Abarkuh Cypress is located in the south-east of this City.

There is a fairytale about the tree which says the tree is first planted by Zoroaster (Iranian prophet) and others also believe it has been planted by Japheth (the third son of Noah the prophet). It’s hard to say if the story is true or not. However, we know that in Zoroastrianism and also in ancient Iran, cypress was of great importance. The main reason for this is its vitality in four seasons of the year.

The Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Yazd Province has initiated preservation measures like pesticide and opening of the surrounding areas to preserve the historical cypress tree.

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