IMG_9450, Crete, Vouves, The oldest olive tree in the world by Crete Adventure Team , 2010. Via Flickr: 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.
The Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves is considered the oldest tree in the world, is aged 3,000-5,000 years old and is still fruitful! This olive tree has been declared by the Association of Olive Oreos of Crete as “Monumental” because of the special nature of the shape and the exceptional aesthetics of the sculpture.