The Oak of Žudiškės
The village of Žudiškės in the district of Vilnius is famous for the oak of very distinct appearance. The natural monument has grown up to be of 22, 5 meters of height. The thickness of its trunk is 6, 50 meters. The precise age of the oak of Žudiškės is not known, it can reach even several hundreds of years.
From the very ancient times oaks used to be considered to be the most valuable trees in Lithuania. Solid and durable oak wood used to be used to build houses, bridges or ships. Everyone used to be proud of their oak wood furniture. Ploughs, wheels or sleds used to be made of the oak wood. Fresh oak barks were used to tan skin, colour linen cloth or eastern eggs. The barks are also irreplaceable medicine – it stops the bleeding, reduces inflammations, and cures the cold. The tree itself has been worshiped and considered sacred from the old times.
The oak of Žudiškės can be found in the district of Vilnius in the village of Žudiškės, in the territory of the forestry of Paežerys.