The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán. It is probably the oldest tree in the whole province of Malaga.
Its age is estimated around eight hundred and one thousand years old. Despite this, many visitors do not hesitate to take the land that covers their roots, as seen in the image, endangering this majestic tree.
At 1.30 m from the ground, the perimeter is 15 m, while at ground level it borders on 22 meters. It has a total height of 24.5 m while the height of the shaft is 2.5 meters. The diameter of the cup is in the N-S direction of 27.40 m while in the E-W direction it is 23.70 meters. The projected area of the crown is 510.02 m².
Legend has it that in the mountains where this centennial tree is found, great feats proliferated throughout History. Among them we can highlight the rebellion of the Moors in Sierra Bermeja in the dawn of the sixteenth century. Under its branches, in the year 1501, King Ferdinand the Catholic celebrated a mass.
The legend tells that in the prayers a delay of the twilight was requested, to favor a stealthy arrival of the troops to Marbella.
It is proposed to be declared a natural monument by the Junta de Andalucía
Location of Castaño Santo in Istán
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