3000 years old olive tree! Unkown Crete

That tree witness all known human history!

3000 years old olive tree Chania, Crete

In Samonas village, of Chania area, an olive tree lives more than 3000 years!

Ancient olive tree in Crete islandIt’s huge size is breathtaking. It is located close to the ancient settlement of Kilindra (Late Minoan Era). Its diameter is 6.70m and its perimeter is 20,05m.

Based on its dimensions, considering its growth rate (0.7mm per year) and using the scientific method of trees chronology,  its age is approximately 3000 years! That means that it is a sub-Minoan-early Geometric period tree (1100-800 B.C), which is very close to the nearby ancient settlement of Kilindra.

Check the provided map and go for a day trip from Chania or Rethymno. You will be fascinated!

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