Vouves Elia

The Olive tree of Vouves is probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world, which remains productive to this day. The exact age of the tree cannot be determined. While tree ring analysis demonstrated the tree to be at least 2000 years old, scientists from the University of Crete have estimated it to be 4000 years old. In 1997, the tree was declared a protected natural monument, and in October 2009, the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves was inaugurated in a nearby 19th-century house, displaying the traditional tools and process of olive cultivation. The next step is the conversion of the Museum to an ‘Olive Museum and Mediterranean Centre for the Study of Monumental Olive Trees’. Since Olympic games in Athens 2004, olive branches “kotinos” from this ancient olive tree are used for the wreath of Marathon winners in every Olympic game. Every year over 20,000 people from all over the world visit this ancient tree.

Vouves Elia

The Olive tree of Vouves is probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world, which remains productive to this day. The exact age of the tree cannot be determined. While tree ring analysis demonstrated the tree to be at least 2000 years old, scientists from the University of Crete have estimated it to be 4000 years old. In 1997, the tree was declared a protected natural monument, and in October 2009, the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves was inaugurated in a nearby 19th-century house, displaying the traditional tools and process of olive cultivation. The next step is the conversion of the Museum to an ‘Olive Museum and Mediterranean Centre for the Study of Monumental Olive Trees’. Since Olympic games in Athens 2004, olive branches “kotinos” from this ancient olive tree are used for the wreath of Marathon winners in every Olympic game. Every year over 20,000 people from all over the world visit this ancient tree.

Highlights

  • Visit the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves
  • Explore a traditional old olive oil mill
  • Learn useful information about the process of olive cultivation
  • Order an Elliniko kafe-Greek coffee in a traditional kafenion

Highlights

  • Visit the Olive Tree Museum of Vouves
  • Explore a traditional old olive oil mill
  • Learn useful information about the process of olive cultivation
  • Order an Elliniko kafe-Greek coffee in a traditional kafenion

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