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Plane trees dominate Pelion squares, beneath these century old trees. However, one plane tree steals the show from the rest. A living monument of nature, a tree that captivates anyone that comes across it. That tree is no other from the giant plane that is located in Agia Paraskevi square in Tsagarada.
Its truck diameter is 14 meters wide while the branch opening cannot properly calculated, however it covers most of the square. In the past, the church bell was hanged under its branches, however due to the weight of it the branches didn’t last and now they are supported by a marble column.
It is said that it was intially planted, four meters below its today location, while foresters have estimated that the tree age is at least a thousand year old, making it one of the oldest trees in Europe, and that is mostly due to the exceptional micro climate of Pelion and of the region in particular where the tree has grown.
Whenever you visit it, you’ll be impressed. In summer under its shaddy foilage that extends through the whole square, or during winter with its leaves stripped down shaping an breathtaking sculpture. Some of the most important village moments take place such as weddings, feasts and fairs while being the main meeting and refrence points for villagers and visitors.