About Abarkuh Cypress

Abarkuh Cypress or Sarv e-Abarkuh  is the third oldest tree in the world. Abarkuh cypres is living for 4500 years.

This single tree located next to an old aqueduct ( Qanat ) in the southern part of the city of Abarkuh in Yazd province, and it’s  the most famous attraction of Abarkuh. The point is that some scholars estimate that Cypress is about 4500 years old.

Abarkuh Cypress in Yazd
Abarkuh Cypress in Yazd

This three has been a symbol of life and beauty throughout the world and is one of the wonders of the world and rare places in the world that has remained lively after all these years.

Abarkuh Cypress symbol

Abarkuh Cypress was a symbol of ancient Iran. Cultivating the tree has been very important back then. Zoroastrians believe that cypress is always important in Iran because it is an evergreen tree. The cypresses, also referred to Zoroaster, as a symbol of this. In historical myths, Abarkuh Cypress has been planted by Zoroaster, which makes it a hundred times more beautiful and sacred. This tree is very sacred for people, especially people of Abarkuh and people of Yazd, and they sit and pray in front of this tree to give back their wishes.

Abarkuh Cypress
Abarkuh Cypress

Abarkuh Cypress History

Abkuh is a city in Yazd province! One sentence is enough to know that one of the oldest trees in the world found in one of the most ancient regions. Cedar is a tree that has always been associated with Iranian history, from symbols to ancient Persian poetry. But Cedar Cloud have a different story. Imagine you have been living on earth for about 4,500 years. What you haven’t seen and what you haven’t heard. People say what interesting stories in front of her, she could hear if she could speak. This tree is the oldest living heritage of Iran that is very important to protect. Another important thing while visiting Yazd is not to forget visiting this living creature. You should visit Yazd province to visit Cedar Abarkuh and visit this city along with other foreign and Iranian tourists.

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The old tree
The old tree

According to researchers who studied the age of the tree,scientists from Japan and Russia concluded that the age was about five years old. More detailed studies, however, after the Russian scientist Alexander Rufd’s showed that the superconducting cedar has lasted between 4,000 to 5,000 years. Nezhat al-Quloub’s book, written by Hamdullah Mostofi in the year 740 AH, describes a phrase that says, “There is a cypress that has a great reputation in the world. If Cedar of Keshmir and Balkh were famous, now they are taller and bigger.” Cedar of Abarkuh selected as the third National Natural heritage of the Year in 2005 and included in this list. Many people have come to see this wander from all around the world, and have called it very strange and perhaps mysterious.

Physical details

Scientists have estimated the life of this tree between 4,000 and 8,000 years old, the title of the oldest living creature in Iran, and the second oldest tree and living organisms in the world. The height of tree is about 25 meters.  And the perimeter of tree from its trunk is about 11.5 meters. More over the perimeter of higher up around its branches is 18 meters. Fortunately this tree still cultivate after all these years; the reason is that natural conditions of Abarkuh grantee tree’s longevity.

In research on the most ancient trees in the world, this tree is the second oldest tree in the world after California’s tallest tree (spruce in the White Mountains). Acrobatic cedar is a species of Mediterranean cedar called Cuppresus Sempervirens.

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Legends about Abarkuh Cypress

There are many mythical stories and myths about Abarkuh cypress. Some believe that the seed of this cedar was planted by Prophet Noah. Others, however, say that the seed planted by Prophet Noah’s son, Japheth. There are other myths that believe that the cedar has a certain spirit that can sustain itself. However, all these myths are stories that prove to be an excellent piece of heritage. The important thing is that this cedar continues to live and amaze people.

Some local people also believe that Zoroaster, Iranian Prophet, cultivated Cypress, but nobody knows about its reality. The point is that Zoroastrian respect to the nature and cypress is an ever green tree. Other superstitions about Abarkuh Cypress can be said that as we said before, some scholars believe that the son of Noah planted this tree after the storm of Noah in this place, but in the end of all these, no one knows the truth.

Abarkuh Cypress Protection

The cedar enclosed in an open space surrounded by a fence all around it, which in addition to emphasizing its importance, makes it well protected. Of course, some believe that the more popularity of the cedar leads to more damages. The streets ending to the tree are polluting its environment, and perhaps the number of tourists and vehicles passing by it has had a negative and destructive impact on the roots of this ancient tree growing underground. Of course, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Yazd province has taken measures such as killing its existing pests in a way that it can survive like these thousands of years.

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Abarkuh Cypress age
Abarkuh Cypress age

How to access Abarkuh Cypress

To visit this national symbol, you can go to Yazd and then go on the road to Taft. After crossing Taft, Islamiyah and Dehshir you will reach Abarkuh city in southwest of Yazd where you can access the location of this creature according to the signs.

Things to know when visiting Abarkuh Cypress:

You can find buses from Yazd main bus station to Abarkuh.

It is forbidden to get closer than 5 meters to the tree.

One of the oldest cities in Yazd province is Abarkuh. There are different historical sights in this area. Attractions in this city include the Supreme Dome, Abarkuh Jame Mosque, Gonbadkhaneh, Clay Fridge, Solat House and Azizeddin Nasif’s Tomb. One of the artifacts found here and recorded in the national monuments in 1997 February, is Aghazadeh’s house. Behind the 20,000 Rials banknote you can see a picture of this house and its famous windmill. This windmill is 18 meters high, which is one of the best examples of Yazd windmills. The point is that unlike many other windmills, the Agazadeh home is a two-storey house.

Abarkuh High Dome is also a good example of Seljuk architecture in Yazd and Iran. The building is made of stone and mortar, with stone inscriptions in the Kufic script. Dome of Abarkouh has been listed in the National Heritage List of Iran in year 1934. The clay fridge also has a cone-shaped building that looks round. The design of this refrigerator is very interesting and it can be said that it is visible in other parts of our country. We recommend that if you plan to visit Abarkuh cypress, do not forget the other sights of this city.

Abarkuh Cypres
Abarkuh Cypres