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Jan 10, 2011


The Chene-Chapelle (Chapel-Oak) of Allouville-Bellefosse is the most famous tree in France - in fact, more than just a tree: it is a building and religious monument all in one.

In 1669, l'Abbe du Detroit and du Cerceau decided to build a chapel on the (then) that 500 years or so oak (Quercus robur) tree made hollow by a lightning. The priests built a small altar to the Virgin Mary. Then, a second chapel and staircase were added.

Now, the parts of a dead tree, the crown continues to become smaller and smaller every year, and part of the bark, which fell due to old age, covered by protective oak shingles. Poles and cables support the aging tree, which in fact, can not live much longer. As a symbol, however, it seems that the Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse can live forever.


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