Chêne chapelle in Allouville-Bellefosse
Like something out of a fairy tale – (or Keebler elves commercial) – this ancient oak tree’s trunk is hollowed out is home to two small chapels, reached by a spiral staircase surrounding the truck. This, the oldest known tree in France, has lived through Louis XIV, the French Revolution, Napoleon, Sarkozy, and amazingly, is still standing.
Located in the small French farming village of Allouville-Bellefosse France, according to local lore, the tree has grown in pace with the development of the French country itself. Said to have begun growing 1000 years ago during the reign of Charlemagne, and in 1035, William the Conqueror is supposed to have knelt at its base. While scientists say the tree is … the oldest known tree in France.
In the 1600s, disaster struck…interesting to read at Atlas Obscura
Wikipedia reports polyglot:
The Chêne chapelle is an oak tree located in Allouville-Bellefosse in Seine-Maritime, France.
The oak tree is between 800 and 1,200 years old. It is 15m high and its base has a circumference of 16m. Its hollow trunk hosts two chapels, which were built there in 1669: Notre Dame de la Paix “Our Lady of Peace” and the Chambre de Ermite “Hermit’s room”. A spiral staircase around the trunk provides access to the chapels.