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The chestnut tree of one hundred horses: photos, description (Castagno dei Cento Cavalli)

The hundred horse chestnut is a unique attraction in Sicily, located in the village of Sant Alfio on the Eastern slope of mount Etna is 8 km from the crater of the volcano. Scientists believe this is chestnut of the largest and the oldest in the world - he from 2 to 4 thousand years. And in the Guinness Book of Records he made like a tree with a trunk circumference of the largest: in 1780 the circumference of the trunk was almost 58 meters! The height of the tree is 22 metres. Despite the fact that the chestnut tree has three trunk height of 13, 20 and 22 meters, they all have one common root.

This tree is frequently mentioned in the Italian poems and songs. Even the origin of its name has its own legend, according to which once a Queen, once in the storm while hunting, and took refuge under the canopy of chestnut, together with hundreds of accompanying knights. The storm lasted until the evening, and the whole entourage sat under a tree. Hence the romantic name - the hundred horse Chestnut. It is not known what the Queen in question - perhaps it was Giovanna I of Aragon (1455 - 1517). According to other version, the English Empress Elizabeth , the third wife of Frederick II. Finally, some suggest that we are talking about the Queen of Naples Giovanna I (1328 - 1382), whose name is related with the infamous Sicilian Vespers. But, most likely, all these legends - just a figment of people's imagination.

About 400 metres from the hundred horse Chestnut grows another chestnut, which is about a thousand years - Chestnut-Ship, also called the Chestnut St. Agatha. This tree, according to some scientific data, is the second in age and size in Italy. Circumference of its trunk is 20 meters, height 19 meters.

And around the village of Zafferana Etnea, on the Eastern slope of mount Etna, you can see stone oak Ilic di Carrino, which is also estimated at a thousand years. It has a trunk girth of 4 meters and height 19 meters.