Napoleon’s pine

The residents of Gailiškė village have been passing down the story from generation to generation about Napoleon’s gold that was buried by the old pine during the retreat of the French army. Over the years, the legend about the treasure has been embellished with various miracles. It was said that the spot near the tree is haunted.

Multiple-stemmed trees have always attracted people’s attention. In ancient times, the number three was believed to be magical. It is associated with cosmogonic images of the world and its division into three levels: upper (sky and birds), middle (earth, people and animals) and underground (darkness, water and snakes). This world model was later adopted by Christianity (heaven-earth-hell).