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Cypress of Kashmar

The Cypress of Kashmar was sacred to followers of Zoroastrianism. According to the Iranian epic Shahnameh, the tree had grown from a branch Zoroaster had carried away from Paradise and which he planted in honor of King Vishtaspa’s conversion to Zoroastrianism. In 861 AD, the Al-Mutawakkil ordered the tree be felled and transported to his capital in Samarra where its wood would be used as beams for his new palace. The palace and its spiral minaret still stand today.[1][2]

Cypress of Kashmar
Location Iran, Kashmar


  1. ^ "The Destruction of Sacred Trees". Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  2. ^ "The Cypress of Kashmar and Zoroaster". Retrieved 27 November 2019.