10 amazing trees

Allouville’s Oak

by Juliette Amadis Monday 9 September 2013

Allouville's Oak
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With an estimated age of 1200 years, Allouville’s Chapel-Oak is the oldest oak in France. Located in the village of Allouville-Bellefosse in Normandy, it features two chapels put on top of each other inside its trunk. The two chapels were built in the 17th century by the Abbot of Detroit, even though the tree was already more than 500 years old. As a witness of French history for many centuries, the millenary oak has seen the troops of William the Conqueror and was nearly destroyed during the French Revolution. Ripped in half by  lightning in 1912, the tree is now subject to constant care and consolidations. It was listed as an important Landmark in 1932 and annually attracts thousands of visitors.

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