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The Nail tree, Voeren, Belgium

Photo: Frederik Santermans

The tree's story

This horse chestnut was considered to be a magic tree during the Middle Ages. Sick people seeking a cure came to hammer a nail into its bark. They rubbed the nail on the afflicted part of their body and then hammered it into the tree hoping that the healthy wood would absorb their pain.


horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

from the Middle Ages

Voeren, Belgium

50°45'24.0"N 5°45'28.0"E

Nominated by:
Stichting Behoud Natuur en Leefmilieu Vlaanderen (SBNL)

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