1,500 years old tree in Lankaran

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The fairy-ta­lesque oak tree in Lankaran, is thought to be one of the old­est liv­ing or­gan­isms in Azer­bai­jan.

It stands 130 feet (40m or 12 sto­ries) tall, is 14 ft (4 m) in cir­cum­fer­ence, and an area around it is shaded by its ten­tac­u­lar crown.

A stone statue of ram can be seen in the area of tree. This statue was a sym­bol of the state dur­ing the reign of Ak Koyunlu tribe. Leg­end says that a com­man­der was buried here, and the stone pro­tects him from the evil.

With an es­ti­mated 1,500 years in age, this oak has sur­vived a num­ber of floods, and earth­quakes and turned into a sym­bol of the re­gion.

Lankaran is among the bright­est and most beau­ti­ful re­gions of the coun­try. Ex­quis­ite ar­chi­tec­ture, won­der­ful cli­mate and mag­nif­i­cent land­scapes are the hall­marks of the re­gion.

The re­gion oc­cu­pies the east coast of the Caspian Sea and whole Lankaran low­lands up to Talysh Mountains. On the lo­cal shore of the Caspian Sea there are many fine sand beaches. Wet sub­trop­i­cal cli­mate with­out harsh win­ters, dry and hot sum­mer and rainy au­tumn un­der­lie the rich­ness of the lo­cal flora and fauna.

One of the main at­trac­tions of the city is the Lankaran fortress built in the 18th cen­tury. Ear­lier here there were two bazaars, but at the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, mosques were built here.

An­other at­trac­tion of the city is the light­house of the 18th cen­tury. Once the Caspian Sea level was much higher, the water came up to the light­house. Grad­u­ally, the coast­line re­treated, and now you should move al­most half a kilome­ter from the light­house to the sea.

The an­cient tower Abir­lar, the tomb of Sheikh Za­hed, Qala mosque, Gul­dasta minaret, ru­ins of Bal­labur cas­tle were pre­served here.

Fans of eco-tourism should visit the Gizila­gach re­serve and the nearby Sarah Penin­sula, which are lo­cated right at Gizila­gach Bay here. Hirkan Na­tional Park is an­other na­ture re­serve placed in Lankaran. It has an enor­mous ter­ri­tory of 15,000 hectares where wild boars, jack­als, Asian leop­ards can be met.

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