IMG_9450, Crete, Vouves, The oldest olive tree in the world by Crete Adventure Team , 2010.
Crete, Kolimbari area, Vouves, The oldest olive tree in the world.
Actually, this is one of seven living olive trees in the Mediterranean believed to be at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Scientists from the University of Crete estimate this tree to be 4,000 years old, while tree ring analysis demonstrates it to be at least 2000 years old. Another indicator of its age are the two Geometirc Period (900-700 B.C.E.) cemeteries discovered nearby.
This tree, which still produces olives, is 12.5 m (41 ft) in circumference. It was declared a protected national monument in 1997. Branches from this tree were used to make the victory crown for the winner of the men’s marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The victory crown for the winner of the women’s marathon was made from the branches of another ancient olive tree, from the village of Kavoursio in Crete.