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Strane yew tree

Strane yew tree. Photo: Tomaž Penko
Strane yew tree. Photo: Tomaž Penko
The village of Strane just below Nanos is the highest-lying village in the Postojna municipality and home to the thickest yew tree in Slovenia – also popularly held to be the oldest

Judging from the circumference of its trunk, expert foresters say it could be between 500 and 600 years old. Folk tradition on the other hand claims that it was planted in the year AD 350. 

The tree, which is more than 11 metres tall, stands in front of the village church. 

Its trunk has a circumference of 385 centimetres. A local legend tells how Saints Cyril and Methodius preached in its shade when crossing the Balkans on their way to Rome.

The Strane yew tree is an excellent starting point for a hike up Nanos. If the 800-metre climb seems like too much of a challenge, you can set off on foot towards Predjama Castle instead.

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