Tnjri (in Karabakh dialect means ‘plane tree’) is a 2039 years old giant Oriental plane tree situated nearby the village Skhtorashen, Martuni Region of Artsakh. During the Soviet times, this tree was awarded a passport as the oldest and tallest tree in the USSR.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Tree Tnjri by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Tree Tnjri the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Tree Tnjri depends on the weather conditions.
The height of the tree is 54 m. Trunk cavity of the tree has area of 44 sq.m. More than 100 people can accommodate inside the tree. Basis diameter of the tree trunk is 27 m. The territory of 1400 sq. m is under the shade of this tree. Leaf size is 0,5 m.
It is not surprising that the tree became an object of worship for locals. It is believed that if a person destroys the holly tree, he/she will have only seven days left. The spring, which is located near the tree, has watered it and provided nearest mills with water for centuries. Mesrop Mashtots (V c), Movses Khorenatsi (V c), Sayat-Nova (XVIII c), Raffi and others liked to have rest under the shade of this tree. According to the manuscripts, the spring was constructed by locals Hovhannes Kasibekyan, Nerses Musaelyan, Manas Gasparyan.
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