Iran applies to register 4000-year-old cypress on UNESCO list

August 23, 2007

TEHRAN -- Iran recently applied for registration of a 4000-year-old cypress on UNESCO’s World Heritage List of cultural and natural properties.

The cypress is located in the heart of Abarkuh, a city 120 kilometers west of Yazd in south central Iran, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday.
The tree measures 33 meters in height and 11.5 meters in diameter.
“The tree is Iran’s only live property with such a historical record,” Yazd Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department Director Azizollah Seifi said.
So far, 851 properties from 141 members have been registered on the UNESCO list, 166 of which have been accepted for their natural value