The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church , Bulgaria

Photo: Lyudmila Gyurova, Rayna Tzvetkova

The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church – the guardian of the village and its people

The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church – the guardian of the village and its people A venerable sessile oak tree, which is more than 600-year-old, grows by the outer wall of the local church of the "Nativity of Mary" in Nasalevtsi. The place is considered sacred. The proof is that there was a church here back in the period of the Second Bulgarian State (12th-14th century). Nativity of Mary Church was built in 1859. Since then people used to make annual sacrificial offerings to saints to pray for good health, protection from storms, snakes, attacks by invaders, and also for rain.
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Information

Species:
Sessile oak (Quercus Petrea)

Age:
over 600 years

Region:
Village of Nasalevtsi, Tryn Municipality, Bulgaria

GPS:
N 42°49.52167', E 22°30.31167'

Nominated by:
Bulgarian Environmental Partnership Foundation



EPA is a consortium of six foundations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. They support community based projects which objectives are to protect the environment and to support and build capacity in local communities. Over the last twenty years, the EPA has provided 10 million Euros of funding to these projects.


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