Chêne Chapelle 11 Route de Louvetot 76190 Allouville-Bellefosse, France

Church in a tree

Not only does this oak tree host two small chapels, it is also more than 800 years old. In 1669 lightning struck the tree and cause a fire, hollowing out the trunk. A local abbot and village priest took it as a sign. They built Notre Dame de la Paix ("Our Lady of Peace") around the trunk of the tree. It was originally intended as a place of pilgrimage (August 15), devoted to the Virgin Mary. The second chapel, above, was added in later years.

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Church in a tree