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Tnjri (Skhtorashen plane-tree)

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 39.7045 N 46.9406 E
No:448        (list of all attractions)
Category:Trees
Values:Biology, History
Rank:4
Address:Asia, Azerbaijan, Yukhari-Karabakh, Khojavend Rayon, Skhtorashen (Şıx Dursun) village
Alternate names:Skhtorashen plane-tree, Sose's Tree, Qirmizi Bazar plane-tree, Karmir Shuka plane-tree, Krasnij Bazar plane-tree
Name in Armenian:Տնջրի
Species:Oriental plane (Platanus orientalis L.)
Circumference:27 m
Height:54 m
Tnjri - giant plane-tree, Azerbaijan
Tnjri - possibly the world's largest plane-tree / Norayr Ghazaryan, , CC BY-SA 3.0

Most likely the largest plane-tree (Platanus orientalis L.) in the world grows in Karabakh. This tree, reportedly, is more than 2,030 years old and its trunk has a circumference of 27 m.

Tnjri - giant plane-tree, Azerbaijan
Tnjri in spring / Vae Isakhanian, , CC BY-SA 3.0

Sacred tree

Once upon a time Skhtorashen village was lively, full with people. Nowadays it is almost abandoned and the lush vegetation of Karabakh takes over the sites where some decades ago were standing houses. War and political uncertaintly have left heavy toll on this gorgeous land.

Not far from the village stands silent witness - giant tree. This plane-tree, reportedly, is more than 2,000 years old and has seen a lot during its long life. According to stories this tree has been visited by many famous people - such as inventor of Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots (the 5th century AD), first Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi (the 5th century AD), musician and poet Sayat-Nova (the 18th century).

Tree is sacred to local people and traditions prohibit to do any harm to the tree. Not always this veneration is good for tree - there are left countless inscriptions in the giant hollow, often there have been left burning candles in the hollow.

Unfortunately more than once there have been attempts to incinerate the tree in the past but nevertheless it lives. For a while there was hired a guard to protect the tree.

Tnjri in summer, Azerbaijan
Tnjri in summer / Ліонкінг, , CC BY-SA 3.0

Largest plane-tree in the world?

Circumference of the tree is very large - 27 m. It is not known to Wondermondo whether this is measured at the base of the tree or at the classic 1.3 m height. One source (In Russian: Anokhin G.I., 1999., Three fates) states that circumference at the base is 31.5 m, thus it is possible that 27 m are measured at the breast height.

Height of Tnjri is very impressive - 54 m. Tree has a hollow with area of 44 m², the projection of foliage of the tree on the ground is 1,400 m² large.

Between the roots of this stree starts Tengru spring - main supply of water to Skhtorashen village. Tengru in Armenian means "remote water".

Tnjri was declared to be the largest and oldest tree in former Soviet Union. Most likely it is the largest plane-tree in the world.

It is known that some time ago there was a larger one: in the last century there existed giant plane-tree in Turkey, Büyükdere village which, reportedly, had 32 m circumference - but no trace of this tree remains.

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