Posted by: danielfee | July 14, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-14-2012

2,000 Year-old Olive Tree – Agrigento, Sicily

 

Agrigento, Sicily

Often my travel photo of the day will be of old churches, buildings or ruins but today’s is of a 2,000-year-old olive tree that is located in the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, Sicily. The origins of Agrigento (Akragas to the Greeks) date from 581 BC. The apogee of the town was in the 5th century which is when the main temples were erected. The olive tree is very hardy and can tolerate drought and disease and is fire-resistant, which is why it can live to such a great age. Its root system is robust and capable of regenerating the tree even if the above-ground structure is destroyed. The older an olive tree is, the broader and more gnarled its trunk appears. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be hundreds of years old, while an age of 2,000 years is claimed for a number of individual trees and in some cases, this has been scientifically verified. Other areas where 1,500 to 2,000 year old olive trees have been found include Athens, Pelion in Greece, Crete, Algarve in Portugal, Bar in Montenegro, on the island of Brijuni (Brioni), Istria in Croatia, and throughout Israel and Palestine.

 

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  1. Love the ancient olive tree!


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