News ID: 320529
Published: 1054 GMT March 11, 2022

Cypress of Zakaria in Kerman Province registered as thousandth natural heritage of Iran

Cypress of Zakaria in Kerman Province registered as thousandth natural heritage of Iran
IRNA

Iranica Desk

The Cypress of Zakaria, a Persian cypress tree in Soghan district of Arzuiyeh, southeastern province of Kerman, was registered as the thousandth natural heritage of the country, said director general of the province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.

Fereydoun Faali added that the ancient tree is located next to the Shrine of Imamzadeh Shahzadeh Zakaria, pointing out that the trunk of the cypress tree is very thick and its age is estimated to be around 1,500 to 1,600 years, IRNA reported.

“Registration of the Cypress of Zakaria, as the thousandth natural heritage of the country, on Iran’s National Heritage List is considered as an honor for the people of Kerman Province”, he said.

The official noted that old trees are the historical memories of a nation and Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts tries its best to preserve them.

 “The cypress tree is a symbol of immortality and stability. Kerman Province, a land with great biodiversity, has also large numbers of tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritages which attract many tourists to the region throughout the year,” he said.

Kerman Province has more than 7,000 historical monuments, 700 of which are already registered on Iran’s National Heritage List. Eight cultural and historical sites of the province were inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List and five cities of it were recently registered as national craft cities.

The southeastern province of Kerman is an ancient land with many mirages, one burning sun and a hardworking people. It is a region in which you can touch the stars at nighttime. The land is famous for its carpet weavers. Winds blowing through pistachio and palm tree gardens break silence of its deserts. The province is home to people who first extracted copper from the heart of stone and created fascinating works of art out of their own artistic instincts.

The big and sprawling Kerman Province has been a cultural melting pot since antiquity, blending Persians with subcontinental tribe dwellers. It is home to myriad historical sites and scenic landscapes such as Jabalieh Dome, Ganjali Khan Bathhouse and Shahdad Desert.

   
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