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May 6

Riga, Latvia

The Very Old Oak Tree

A preserved oak tree about 3500 years old found in Riga, Latvia 

Under the Riga Town Hall building (destroyed during WWII, and rebuilt in 2003) there is a narrow cobble-stoned street where one can find small souvenir and flower shops and an old oak tree laying sideways on the ground.

This semi-fossilized old oak tree was found during the excavation works and was preserved. Near the oak tree is a small plaque it that reads:

“OAK TRUNK: Found during excavation work for Riga new Town Hall. It grew on the shore of Daugava 3500 years ago, at about the time when Pharaoh Tutankhamen was the ruler of Egypt.”

Know Before You Go

The trunk is located in a shopping street Rates Pasaža behind Riga Town Hall.

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