26 Sep '15, 2pm

France’s oldest tree, alive since Louis IX, hides treehouse chapels within its trunk

aren’t your average tree houses—it’s not known exactly when they were built, but they’re 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

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/frances-oldest-tree-sprouts-treehous...

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