Abarkouh | Iran’s oldest living heritage
Being a symbol of life and beauty, the world’s third oldest tree lives in the city of Yazd.
Abarkouh city in the southwest of Yazd is home to one of the natural wonders of Iran and world’s third longest-living tree, which is still standing today.
Standing at about 28 meters high and a width of 11.5 meters at its trunk, this tree is Iran’s oldest living heritage. Researchers estimate the tree’s lifespan at about 4500 years.
As mentioned before, this tree is located in Abarkouh city that is on the way from Yazd to Shiraz. It is famous because of this majestic tree .The image of one of Abarkouh’s monuments, Agha Zade historical house, can be seen on the Iranian banknote as well , which is the world’s only house with 2 story wind catchers (wind towers).
There are many myths and legends about this tree. One myth says that Noah and his son planted this tree after the great storm. Another declares that Zoroaster, the ancient Iranian spiritual leader, was the one who planted it. And some believe that this tree has a special spirit that can keep living for a thousand year.
* Written by Arefeh Firouzan.
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