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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:49 pm

Le Chêne Chapelle (The Oak Chapel) in Allouville-Bellefosse is an oak which has been carved out to house two chapels within its enormous trunk.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:51 pm

A lightning strike burned the core of the tree but the tree survived and remained standing, allowing the local priests to build their chapel within it.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:52 pm

Today the tree is beginning to show signs of its age and the pressures of housing a religious site, and so requires supporting struts.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:54 pm

Despite this, the chapel remains in use and a mass is celebrated twice a year at the site. To reach the upper of the two chapels there is a staircase which winds around the trunk.
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