February 18, 2019 14:38
News ID: 4364

(Persia Digest) – The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization has announced the news that Iran is compiling a file to submit to the Unesco World Heritage Site for the registration of the 4500-year old cedar of Abarkuh as Iran’s oldest lifeform.

Ali-Asghar Munesan said: “Iran’s north-south railway line has been proposed for registration next year and the next priority is the cedar of Abarkuh.”


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Persia Digest (PD) reports that Abarkuh is an important city of Yazd Province in central Iran with 400 historic and natural sites. The cedar of this city is one of the oldest lifeforms still living in the world. The circumference of its trunk is eleven and a half meters on the ground and its height reaches 25 to 28 meters. According to some sources, this is the third oldest tree in the world based on estimated ages.


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Russian scientist, Aleksandrov, has estimated the tree to be over 4000 years old. Certain legends attribute its plantation to Zoroaster and others to Japheth, son of Noah.

This cedar tree has been registered as the third natural phenomena on Iran’s National Heritage list.

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