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UNESCO Word Heritage Site #2: Rapa Nui National Park

UNESCO Word Heritage Site #2: Rapa Nui National Park

UNESCO Word Heritage Site #2: Rapa Nui National Park

From the World Heritage inscription:

Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century this society built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai , which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is the most isolated island on Earth. It is 2,000km from the nearest spec of land. Famed for its stone heads, or maoi, it is one of the wonders of the world. This photo is of the only maoi on Easter Island to be restored with the white coral eyes. The eyes were discovered after a toppled maoi was moved and the eyes found underneath. All upright maoi on the island, save for those found still intact at the quarry, have been restored since 1950.

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Comments

  1. Andi says:

    OMG, I can’t wait to be there in 2 months!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Maldiveslive says:

    Thank you for leaving comment on blog and i am very happy that you have mansion that you will see me when you pass through my town. Thanks..

  3. Interesting photo. I’d like to see Easter Island. The remoteness of it appeals to me.

  4. DrManette says:

    Easter Island has always been one of the coolest places to me. Nice pic!

  5. Anna says:

    Interesting, and interesting life too, lol, just like that.

    BTW I am tagging you. Just random pick from my blog catalog friends list, and I thought I pick you….

    Have some fun and no pressure.

    Anna :)

  6. Sarah says:

    Very cool to see. Looks like it’s staring up at the sky

  7. Gary,

    Did you get some close-ups of the eyes?

    –ADM

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