Stelmužė oak, Lithuania

Photo: Algimantas Navickas, Arnoldas Abramavičius, Gintautas Antanavičius, Arvydas Veikšra, Jurgita Mikutavičienė,

The Stelmužė oak - a symbol of statehood and strength

You will find  1,000 — 1,500 years old Stelmužė oak, one of the oldest trees in Europe and a symbol of
strength, in the Northeast of Lithuania near the XVII century wooden church built by Latvian masters without the use of a single iron nail. Indeed, Lithuanians say that a man is as strong as Stelmužė oak. Tourists experience Stelmužė oak’s beauty and rich history of sacrifices by pagan priests under its branches or skeleton and rifle of a Napoleonic soldier found in its cavity. In Lithuania, acorns of Stelmužė oak are used to propagate many oaks, preserving this veteran tree‘s genes for many years to come.
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Common oak (Quercus robur L.)

more than 1 000 years

Stelmužė village, Zarasai district, Utena county, Lithuania

N 55 49.782, E 26 13.074

Nominated by:
Lithuanian Arboricultural Center

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