Crete Island Oldest Tree
Greece, Kolimbari

It is believed that Greece is worth visiting if only to see how the evergreen subtropical olive tree grows. The olive branch has long become a symbol of Greece, although this plant is not a native of the country. The bones of the olive tree were brought to Greece by Phoenician sailors. The first olive grove appeared in Crete near the palace of the ancient king of Minos.
The fruiting olive tree is the pride of the locals, and glorified the small village of Ano Vuvos. Here grows the oldest olive tree in Crete. The proven age of this miracle of nature is more than 3 thousand years! It began to grow in the Pre-Minoan period (1100-800 BC) and saw the heyday of the Minoan period and was revered as a saint in the time of Christ. The tree trunk is a very unusual shape - it grows in a spiral, in the middle it is empty, the diameter is more than 4 m, and the circumference is more than 12 m.
The tree was proclaimed a natural monument of the island of Crete and its branch, cut off during a special ceremony, was solemnly delivered on a reconstructed Minoan boat, used as a wreath that crowned the winner of the men's marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics. And there was a time when his hollow trunk was used as a doghouse ...
Near the olive tree is a small museum dedicated to wood. Entrance to the museum is free.

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