Way back in the late 1600s, a bolt of lightning struck a tree in Allouville-Bellefosse, France, near the country's north coast. After the strike, the centre of the tree was hollowed out, but flowers continued to appear on the branches. Taking this as a sign, the locals decided to turn the oak into a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The tree is getting a little crumbled - it's at least 800 years old - but the congregation still gathers inside it twice a year for mass. And when something looks this much like a real-life Tim Burton set, why wouldn't they?
These pics were taken by Flickr user Philippe Biron:
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