Story of Iran’s oldest living being: 4,000-year-old cypress

2019-04-14 20:04:21

A 4,000-year-old cypress in Iran’s central city of Abarkooh is a must-see attraction – the evergreen tree is inscribed on the National Heritage List.

The cypress is situated next to a wall in southern parts of Abarkooh, some 140 kilometers west of the ancient city of Yazd, and it is 1,500 meters above sea level.

Scientists have estimated that the tree dates back to 4,000 years ago, which is known as the oldest living being in the country.

The 25-meters-high Abarkouh Cypress is a symbol of life and elegance in the region, and one of the most exotic wonders of the world. After thousands of years it is still green and healthy.

This tree has been presented as an outstanding tree in the world. For being always green, Zoroastrians believe that the tree has always had a significant importance.

In Abarkooh, the cypress is also called the Zoroastrian cypress. It has been said in historical mythology that the tree was planted by the Iranian prophet, Zoroaster, thus adding to the importance, beauty and holiness of the tree.

In antiquities such as the period of Achaemenid Empire, carvings of the cypress have been found.

We can also see the bent cypress in a special type of handmade fabric, called Terme. In miniature painting, the cypress is a tree that is painted most often.

Venetian merchant and explorer Marco Polo has described the tree as one of the most stunning cypress trees he had ever seen in Iran.

Travelers are encouraged to not only pay a visit to the cypress and other historical monuments in the city, but also the center of tourism and cultural attractions of the golden triangle of Yazd, Isfahan, and Shiraz.