The giant platan of Artsakh - Tnjri has celebrated its second millennium long time ago. It is located 37 km north of Stepanakert, near the village Shotorashen.
Not far from the Skhtorashen village, 37 km north of Stepanakert, raises a great plane tree of more than 2200 years old.According to a legend, the tree was planted by Tigran the Great. There were also 15 branches from the same tree; designed for each region of historical Armenia, but all branches except Artsakh have dried up.
The sycamore is 54 meters high, the radius is 27 meters. The giant tree’s shadow equals to 1400 sq.m. The leaves of the tree reach to 0,5m. Dozens of people can easily fit inside its trunk. This particular tree is the oldest and tallest tree not only in Armenia but in former Soviet republics as well.Platan is larger by its size than the trees located on the Kos Island in the Aegean Sea and trees growing in Ashkhabat in the Piruze gorge.The tree was issued a passport for the first time in 1900. At that time there was a guard who looked after the eternal Tnjri. During the Soviet period Tnjri also received a passport as the oldest and the tallest tree growing on the territory of the USSR.
Nature lovers will appreciate its raw beauty and the historical impact it has on generations. The tree is a place of pilgrimage not only for the inhabitants of Artsakh, but also for the Armenian and foreign tourists around the world. We can say that Tnjri is a cross-cultural destination where people come, meet, exchange and share their best memories.
Near the tree is the affluent glacial spring called Tenjru, which has long been quenched countrymen returning from the fields, fed the huge plane tree, and rotated the millstones of the farmers. According to a nearby inscription, the spring was erected by inhabitants of Skhtorashen Hovhaness Kisibekyan, NersesMusaelyan, and Manas Gasparyan.
According to the historical data, such outstanding people as the creator of the Armenian alphabet - MesropMashtots (5th century), the first Armenian historian - MovsesKhorenatsi, the Armenian writer and poet – Sayat-Nova (18th c.), the Armenian historian Leo (19th century) rested in the shadow of Tnjri.
Numerous historical and cultural monuments have been preserved around the Tnjri. The most important of them are the early medieval temple, the ruins of the old cemetery and numerous khachkars.The territory of the platan tree and Tnjri is now a state tourist destination, where local food services are provided in the summer season to provide ultimate rest for its visitors.
The appearance of the tree shows that it passed through the centuries of trials. Still Tnjri stands tall and is ready to welcome guests and hide them under its caring shadow.