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Trees hold a certain unwavering, understated beauty about them. Their long lifespan means they get to witness people, seasons, and even historical events come and go. Some trees have seen more than others. Such as a gnarled, magnificent olive tree based in the village of Ano Vouves on the Greek island of Crete. This beautiful tree has seen millennia  from the fall of the Roman Empire to the return of the Athens Olympics  in 2004. The  Vouves olive tree is believed to be thousands of years old. Years. Despite such an impressive age, the living tree still produces olives for harvest.

Olives have been grown commercially in Crete for at least 3000 years. Olive oil has featured prominently in diets and literature. The Vouves tree goes back to this  important production error. Isotope dating is impossible because the tree's core has decomposed within its twisted 15-foot diameter. However, its rings show that it is at least two millennia old. However, this base estimate may be at the lower probability level while other estimates are 4,000 years old.

After all these years, you can expect the tree to wither and wither. However, the cultivars (grafted plants) allowed the tree to continue producing olives. Its branches adorned the heads of the winners of the Athens 2004  Olympic Games, a groundbreaking return to tradition. Although the  Vouves olive tree is now protected, it is not the only ancient tree in the world. The Great Basin Pine (Pinus longaeva) in California is 4854 years old. This means that in 2832 B.C. His seed germinated. that is, when the early Mesopotamian civilisations founded cities and traded and the Second Dynasty of Egypt began. Another olive tree known in Lebanon as "sisters" or "sister olive trees of Noah" is estimated to be 6,000 years old. These trees have survived wars, pandemics, droughts and fires - a true sign of resilience.

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