Religious buildings in Rapa Nui

Ahu Tongariki

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Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu on Rapa Nui/Easter Island (a Chilean island in the Pacific). Its moai were toppled during the island's civil wars and in the twentieth century the ahu was swept inland by a tidal wave. It has since been restored and has fifteen moai including an 86 tonne moai that was the heaviest ever erected on the island. Ahu Tongariki is close to Rano Raraku and Poike in the Rapa Nui National Park. All the moai here face sunset during Summer Solstice; but their backs face sunrise during Winter Solstice.

Ahu Tongariki was substantially restored in the 1990s by a multidisciplinary team headed by archaeologists Claudio Cristino (Director) and Patricia Vargas (Co-director executive team), in a five year project carried out under an official agreement of the Chilean Government with Tadano Lt. and the University of Chile.

Ahu Tongariki was the main centre and capital of the Hotu Iti, the eastern confederation of the Rapanui.

References

  • Katherine Routledge (1919) The Mystery of Easter Island ISBN 0-932813-48-8

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Alan x el mundo
26 March 2015
El mejor sitio para ver el amanecer con moais de fondo. Si llegan temprano hay excelente visión de estrellas.
Leilani H.
10 July 2013
Hermoso lugar! Sobretodo para ver el amanecer, eso sí lo ideal es que esté despejado para poder apreciar más los Moai con los rayos de sol. OJO!! "NO SUBIR A LA PLATAFORMA"! Está prohibido????????
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8.5km from Camino Vaitea Anakena Parque Nacional Hanga Roa, Isla de Pascua, Valparaíso Region, Chile

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