Around the city of Manjil, there is a cedar tree aging over a thousand years according to some accounts. In the travel notes of such famous figures like Nasir Khosrow, there is a reference to the cedar of Harzevil. Harzevil was one of the villages located on the way of the royal road. The road in question belongs to the Achamenede dynasty that is 2500 years ago. Thus, some believe that the cedar of Harzevil is as old as 3 thousand years. The importance of this time-honored cedar is so much that it has been entitled as a valuable natural work and registered in the index of national heritage and thus the organization of the protection of the natural environment of Iran guards it.
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Being considered as a symbol of liberty and libertarianism, cedar is one of the national symbols of the Iranian culture and literature and the image or portrayal of it is one of the most elemental ones found in the patterns on carpets, rugs, traditional paintings and textiles and in general any other sort of Iranian artwork. The famous Iranian praisley pattern, too, is inspired by cedar tree. If you are planning to get to Gilan from the central parts of the country, you will necessarily have to cross through Lowshan, Roud'baar, and Manjil cities on your way. After getting past Lowshan and before arriving at Roud'baar, you will get to Varzeville. This is a small town where this one-thousand-year old cedar is grown and continues living in there. All around this thirty-meter high tree, which, according to some accounts, as old as three millennia, there is a fence surrounding it. The ancient trees have got a mythical manifestation in the eyes of the Iranian popular and folkloric culture and people always tie coins, ribbons, and locks onto these trees to make their wishes come true.
The Landscape of the Wind Turbines
After visiting the cedar tree of Herzeville, on your war to Gilan, you will arrive at Roud'baar, the olive capital of the country. Making a stop in this city, visiting its olive trees and also buying some olive and its by-products from there is what we recommend that you really should not miss. After making a departure from this city, Roud'baar, before arriving at Manjil, there is a wonderful picturesque-like scene of high hills that loom out right in front of you on some of which you will find high wind turbines placed. These wind turbines are power generators and generate electricity and relevant to the power plant of Manjil. It will certainly amount to a memorable and unforgettable experience to take pictures there especially at the time of sunrise and sunset when there is a rich play of light and color in there.
The buses that take the destination of Gilan through the central parts of Iran do not make any stop at the points introduced earlier. For this reason, if you wish to visit these spectacular areas, you need to use an alternative means of transport, meaning that you should either rent a car with driver or use specific taxis taking that direction. It would suffice to carry a map with you and easily find the location of Herzeville, Roud'baar, and Manjil. Keep in mind that these areas were completely ruined by the devastating earthquake of 1990 and thus whatever you see in there belongs to the post-earthquake reconstruction period.
All around the territory of the cedar tree of Herzeville, there is a fence stretched. So, you cannot get to close to the trunk or other parts of the tree. In the olive-stores found in Roud'baar, you will be able to try various types of olives and their by-products. The store managers have considered special facilities and options for their customers to be able to try them in an utterly healthy and hygienic way comfortably before making their minds up on which product to buy. We recommend that you should make some purchase from these stores. Moreover, do not forget to visit Roud'baar itself. It is a city located on a hillside and has grown and developed in a spiral stair-case manner and thus has created an outstanding view.