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Le chêne Guillotin
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Remarquable par ses dimensions (9m60 de circonférence), ce chêne pédonculé est le plus spectaculaire des gros arbres de la forêt de Paimpont. On dit qu’il aurait mille ans...et serait ainsi contemporain du prophète Éon de l'Étoile, qui vécut au XIIè siècle à l'endroit même où a poussé l'arbre qu'on appelle aussi le “Chêne Éon”.Son nom lui vient de l’Abbé Guillotin, un prêtre réfractaire qui à la fin du XVIIIe siècle, aurait trouvé refuge en son sein. L’ancêtre est creux depuis des siècles. Et malgré cette blessure, il ne fût pas abattu. Peut-être y a-t-on rendu la justice, payé ses impôts ou célébré quelque culte ?

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Remarkable for its size (9m60 in circumference), the oak is the most spectacular large trees in the forest Paimpont. They say it would be a thousand years ... and would be contemporary with the prophet Eon de l'Etoile, who lived in the twelfth century at the place where a grown tree also known as "Oak Eon. Its name comes from the Father Guillotin, a refractory priest who in the late eighteenth century, had found refuge in her bosom. The ancestor is hollow for centuries. And despite his injury, he was not shot. Perhaps it has been given justice, paid his taxes or celebrated a cult?

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Uploaded: 01/12/2009
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Tags: nature; forest; oak; tree; old and famous trees; brocéliande; concoret; guillotin oak; bretagne; france
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