Harzevil Cypress Tree

Also known as: Harzevil Old Tree

Harzevil Cypress Tree is located near a village by the same name. Harzevil's refreshing air, extraordinary nature and country life with its offerings of remarkable local food and products would certainly make your journey a memorable one.

 

It’s Characteristics


The conifer is 30 meters long, with a trunk diameter of 4 meters, estimated to be more than 1,000 years old. It is vertically branched at the base, forming a massive canopy - which easily hid a band of musicians as they surprised a 19th century Shah with their tunes after he stopped for a pause during a journey.

 

It’s History


The tree is located in an area which has had enormous strategic importance through Iran's ancient history. Harzevil was a major crossing point on the highway which connected Iran to the Caucasus and Europe during the Achaemenid era in the sixth century BC. Hence, it has stood witness to military forays by Greeks, Romans, Turks, Mongols, Arabs and Russians as the Iranian army took positions in the ridge and resisted. The region has also witnessed several earthquakes over a period of 2,000 years which obliterated life over it.

 

Symbolism


Cypress in Iran is used with frequent symbolic references with a popularity second to none. In poetry and literature, the beloved one's poise, lithe body and motion is likened to a cypress. Elsewhere, the tree stands as the symbol of uprightness, resistance and freedom. It is also a symbol of sacrifice in Shia Islam.

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