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The great plane of Tata, Tata, Komárom-Esztergom county, Hungary

Photo: Platán Restaurant & Cafe

The tree's story

On the banks of the Old Lake of Tata, a sycamore tree has guarded the castle gate for 230 years. Along with several others the tree was brought from Versailles by a member of the Esterházy family. If it could speak the old plane would fill several books with stories about friendships, loves and artists inspired by the great sycamores. Mátyás Pribojszky the writer wrote the story of the Sycamore King, after he regained his writing skills thanks to the tree.


Oriental Plane (Platanus orientalis)

232 years

Tata, Komárom-Esztergom county, Hungary

47°38'51.6"N 18°19'07.7"E

Nominated by:
Ökotárs Alapítvány

Number of votes: 53487

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