Tule Tree, Santa Maria del Tule

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Stand under the shade of Tule Tree, a Montezuma cypress situated in church grounds. With a diameter of 9.38 m (30.8 ft), the cypress is considered by many to be the stoutest tree in the world. Local Zapotec legend has it that the tree was planted around 1,400 years ago by a priest of Ehecatl, the Aztec wind god. Most scientific estimates support the Zapotec's belief, and its position on a sacred site, now a Roman Catholic Church, suggests there could be some truth in the legend surrounding its origin. Make Tule Tree a centerpiece of your Santa Maria del Tule vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santa Maria del Tule trip builder site .
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  • I do not know whether it is in something as worth attention than cypress tree that grows near the Church. The tree is doing so awesome the feeling that you have to see them, because the words and numbers do not give proper results wow.
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  • This is one of the most striking natural living things I have ever seen, 2000 years old , what an amazing sight ,its simply HUGE , and still alive , has been care for over the years , must have great ...  more »
  • Both the famous tree of 2,000 and 1,000 years, are impressive in size, strength and beauty. Very interesting to know and appreciate them closely
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  • Unbelievable!! It is a sight to behold... We went as part of a tour and I would definitely recommend it. Lovely area, beautiful town and so colourful.
  • We always enjoy spending time in tule. It's a great place to walk around, relax and grab a bite to eat. Don't be afraid to explore the side streets. Interesting walls and doorways and plants. Great place to escape the noise of Oaxaca City. Lots of fresh air as well.
  • A great place to visit. Beautiful garden very clean there's a mercado near by and small restaurants all around
  • A fun stop in a colorful town that centers around the tree. The tree is interesting, and the adjacent small church is worth some pictures. There is a topiary garden, and some large metal sculpture pieces in the town
  • Basically just a very big tree... But who doesn't want to see the largest tree in the world!! 🌲

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