Sacred Christian landmark tree cut down in UK

Local residents view the vandalized Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree which has was hacked down and reduced to just a stump in Glastobury western England Friday Dec. 10, 2010. The tree, a major Christian landmark in England, was vandalized just weeks before Christmas Day. The tree is said to be linked to the arrival of Saint Joseph of Arimathea in England after the crucifixion of Jesus. It draws hundreds of visitors each year. (AP Photo/Fran Stothard- Western Morning News)

December 13, 2010 8:43:59 AM PST
Legend has it that the rare thorn tree on a hill in southern England had ties to the earliest days of Christianity, and pilgrims often left offerings at its base. In more recent times, local children honored its current incarnation each year by cutting sprigs to place on Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas dining table.

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