The giant oak tree

Katharo

The oak tree of Katharo
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One of the oldest, if not the oldest, oak trees in Crete is located at position Theriolakos in Katharo Plateau. The perimeter of the giant tree on the ground level reaches 24m and one meter above the ground the it reaches 9m. Its characteristic feature is the tremendous hollow the trunk forms, which can fit many people comfortably.

According to the local tradition, a beast lived in the hollow. Locals say that the tree hosted a secret English radio station during the German occupation in the second World War, but this is probably not true and probably is confused with the Englishman's cave in the cypress wood of Kritsa.

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