Abarkooh Cypress , also called the Zoroastrian Sarv, is a Cupressus sempervirens tree in Abarkuh in Yazd Province of Iran. It is protected by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran as a national natural monument and is indeed a major tourist attraction with a height of 28 meters and circumference of 18 meters. It is estimated to be over four millennia old and is likely the second-oldest living thing in Asia.
This cypress is estimated to be between 4000 to 5000 years but it is hardly possible to tell the exact age of the tree. The amazing point about this tree is that it is still cultivated after all these years.
There is a fairytale about the tree which says the tree is first planted by Zoroaster and others also believe it has been planted by Japheth. ItÔÇÖs 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.
However, this tree is not the only attraction in the city of Abarkuh. This city is an exemplary for the ancient architect of central Iran and you can find lots of stunning houses and windcatchers (badgirs) in the city. There are also several ancient houses which are now operated as a museum and you can see the old style of Iranian houses. Aghazadeh house and Solat house are two of them.
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