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France’s Oldest Tree Sprouts Treehouse Chapels, Has Been Alive Since Louis IX

Posted By Ana Lisa On May 5, 2012 @ 2:04 am In Architecture,Botanical,carousel showcase,gallery,Treehouses | No Comments

Architecture, Botanical, Treehouses, oak chapel, france, Chêne Chapelle, Allouville-Bellefosse, carved tree

The Oak chapels [7] are not your average tree houses – it’s not known exactly when they were built, but they are estimated to be between 800 and 1200 years old! In the late 1600s the tree survived a lightning fire that hollowed out the center. Interpreting this occurrence as a holy event, the local priest at the time called for the tree to be turned into a church. The tree was still growing under the kingdom of Louis IX and it survived the Hundred Years War with the English, The Black Death, the Reformation and the Revolution [8].

A staircase spirals [9] around the thousand-year-old trunk. The tree is starting to show its age and it now has internal and external poles supporting its tired life. A sacred place of worship, the Oak chapel [6] is now a pilgrimage site that welcomes thousands of astonished visitors each year.

+ Oak Chapel [6]

Via Kuriositas [10]


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[3] Oak tree: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-tallest-treehouse-came-in-a-vision/

[4] Allouville-Bellefosse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allouville-Bellefosse

[5] Quercus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak

[6] Chêne Chapelle : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%AAne_chapelle

[7] chapels: http://inhabitat.com/chapel-transformed-into-stunning-modern-residence-in-utrecht/

[8] Revolution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution

[9] spirals: http://inhabitat.com/spiral-garden-is-a-lacy-mesh-vertical-farm-for-the-city/

[10] Kuriositas: http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/01/oak-chapel-of-allouville-bellefosse.html

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