The Oak of Klykiai
The oak of Klykiai with its branches spread widely grows in the very centre of the settlement. The oak counting 350 years is of 17 meter of height. Its width with its entire crown is even 23 meters. Its trunk doesn’t lack thickness as well. Its extent is 4, 7 meters. Even the nearby street is named Ažuolų street in the honour of this huge tree. Another street in the same village has the name of Ažukalnės.
Oaks considered as sacred trees have been mentioned in Lithuanian place names even 74 times. The most common is the name Ąžuolynė. It has been given to 15 villages. There are two rivers named Ąžuolupė, three streams called Ąžuolynai, and four “oak” lakes in Lithuania. There are plenty of forests, meadows and hills called after the oak or the oak wood. The origin of the place names is associated with the times the oaks ruled. It’s been counted that one-fifth of all the forests in Lithuania has been comprised of the oak woods in the 16th century.
The oak of Klykiai can be found in the district of Utena, in the village of Klykiai in front of the community centre.