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Melissa Calhoun
Melissa Calhoun • 2 years ago

The Chêne-Chapelle of Allouville-Bellefosse is the most famous tree in France – actually, it’s more than just a tree: it’s a building and a religious monument all in one. In 1669, l’Abbe du Detroit and du Cerceau decided to build a chapel in a 500 years old or so oak tree made hollow by a lightning bolt. Now, parts of the tree are dead. Poles and cables support the aging tree. It may not survive. As a symbol, however, it seems that the Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse may live on forever.

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The Chêne chapelle (“chapel oak”) is an oak tree located in Allouville-Bellefosse in Seine-Maritime, France. It is between 800 and 1,200 years old. Its hollow trunk hosts two chapels, which were built there in 1669.