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Marco Polo and his visit to 4000-year-old cypress in Iran

A 4000-year-old evergreen cypress in Abarkouh is a must-see attraction while visiting the central Iranian city of Yazd.

A 4000-year-old evergreen cypress in Abarkouh, which is inscribed on the National Heritage List, is a must-see attraction while visiting the central Iranian city of Yazd.   

Dating back to 4000 years ago which is known as the oldest living being in the country, the cypress is situated next to a wall in southern parts of Abarkouh, some 140 kilometers west of the ancient city of Yazd.

Abarkouh Cypress is 25 meters high and 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.

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

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

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

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