Chenarestan... In the shade of plane trees

Friday, July 15, 2005

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Chenarestan-e Tehran
Siamak D. Ahi

Oriental Plane tree is the official tree of Tehran. It has been planted by the City of Tehran on most streets for decades. Plane tree has been native of Tehran for hundreds of years. The Leaf of Oriental Plane is city's symbol and used in their publications. Four centuries ago Plane trees of Tehran were described by European diplomat as follows (from encyclopaedia Iranica):

The Italian diplomat Pietro della Valle, writing in June 1618 about then village of Tehran, Says:

All streets are shaded by planes, which in Persian they call it cinar; big, luxuriant and handsome. And I must say I have not seen in all my life any bigger or more beautiful. Many of them are so thick that two or three men could not embrace them.”

related stories:

Chenar-e Emamzadeh Saleh: http://chenarestan.blogspot.com/2005/07/chenar-e-emamzadeh-saleh.html

Home of Oriental Plane Tree: http://chenarestan.blogspot.com/2005/07/home-of-oriental-plane-tree.html

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