December 3, 2014

Touring Italy: Tree Cathedral

 Photos above and below by Perangelo Zavatarelli
If you are touring Italy you shall put this amazing place on your travel itinerary. This piece of art resembles a skeleton of a cathedral, built exactly in the shape, proportions and dimensions  of a gothic cathedral. Named Cattedrale Vegetale, created by artist Giuliano Mauri.

More than 600 chestnut and hazel branches around 1,800 fir tree poles are forming 42 columns, each one in diameter of 1 m and 12 metres high. These are current scaffolding, because inside of each column there is a hornbeam planted. As the hornbeam will grow the scaffolding will rot away, so one day there with lots of pruning, forming and  other effort  there will be living plant cathedral.

Photo above and all photos below by Allesandro

The scaffolding was completed in 2010 as part of the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity, but it will take decades to fully mature, so the 650sqmetre cathedral for decades stays evolving structure.

Don’t you think it’s worth to see it while touring Italy? Located near Bergamo close to Mount Arera.

Recommended further reading DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy

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