Ancient Sycamore Tree
Species: East sycamore tree (Platanus orientalis L.)
Age: 284 years
Region: Derbent, Republic of Dagestan, Russia.
The ancient sycamore tree - a witness of history, the guardian of the mosque.
The Ancient East is full of secrets and legends. According to a legend, the great commander of the East, Nadir-shah, looked after the sprouts of the sycamore tree that adorned the territory of the Juma mosque in ancient Derbent. Admiring the mighty giant the writer, Aleksandr Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, composed his works. Today the majestic patriarch adorns the central part of the house of worship, being a symbol of power, one of the places of attraction for the people of Dagestan and guests of the Republic. They create legends about it, poetize it, and depict it in paintings.
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European Tree of the Year 2021
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3rd place 
Nominated by: The Russian national project "Trees as natural heritage monuments"
National contest organizer: Zdorovy Les, NPSA
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2021

The Millennial Carrasca of Lecina
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The thousand-year-old plane tree of Curinga
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2nd place 
Ancient Sycamore Tree
Russian Federation
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3rd place 
Plane Tree of Rossio
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Saint Jan Nepomucen’s Linden
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The ancient Mother Tree
The Netherlands
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6th place 
Apple tree near Lidmans
Czech Republic
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7th place 
The Judas Tree on the Church Hill of Mélykút
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8th place 
The Pouplie
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9th place 
The Eldest Resident of Medulin - Chocolate Tree of our Memories
Republic of Croatia
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10th place 
The Survivor Tree
United Kingdom
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The Four-Trunked Survivor
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12th place 
Ancient Oak from Drnava
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The Old Mulberry
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14th place 
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