The oldest olive tree in the world at Vouves

The oldest olive tree in the world at Vouves

The Olive tree at Vouves is considered as the oldest olive tree in the world and is 3,000-5,000 years old and is still fruitful!

This olive tree has been declared a "Monumental" due to the uniqueness of the shape and the exceptional aesthetics of the relief of its trunk.

It is located at Pano Vouves of the Municipality of Platanias, it is a variety of Mastoid that is locally called "Tsounati", grafted on a subject of Agrielia.
The trunk of the tree has an excellent relief with special aesthetics. The surface of a real sculpture shows different shapes that look like strange shapes of faces and things!

The trunk of the Monumental Olive Tree at Vouves

The tree has been declared a Monument of Nature while with a cut from this tree, the first winner of the Men's Marathon was at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, at the 2008 Beijing Games, at the 2012 London Games and at the 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

The trunk of the tree at a height of 0.9m from the ground has a maximum diameter (3.70m) and a perimeter of 8.10.m while at the base of the tree it has a maximum diameter of 4.53m and a perimeter of 12.55m.


Olive Museum at Vouves

The Olive Museum of Vouves , is located near the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves, with which it forms a single and harmonious whole.

It is housed in a traditional building, which retains all the characteristic elements of a simple, but authentic, intelligent and functional, folk architecture of the area.

His exhibits cover the entire cycle of cultivation, collection, production, transport and storage of olive oil used from antiquity until the mid-1950s.

In his exhibits you will even see the Hesiod plough.
This ancient plowing tool was a wooden plow, with which the locals cultivated the land from prehistoric times until the 1950s.

Polychronis Polychronidis holds the Hesiod plough

Tradition has it that it was discovered by Triptolemus, an Eleusinian hero in the years of mythology. Triptolemus helped the goddess of agriculture Demeter to find her daughter Persephone and in return the goddess taught him to cultivate wheat. From this need Triptolemus moved to invent to make the plow.
In history, however, it is known as Hesiod plough and this is due to the fact that Hesiod was the first to describe it in detail and he was the first to inform us from how many pieces it consists of.