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the 15 moai @ ahu tongariki, rapa nui (easter island)


One of the most famous moai buried on the outer slopes of the volcano Rano Raraku - Easter Island, Chile


The mystery Easter Island - Rapa Nui, the Polynesian name - is a small volcanic island in the South Pacific Ocean and one of the most isolated places on earth.

Easter Island bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. From the 10th to the 16th century, a society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300, built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai , which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.


Volcano Rano Raraku is the great quarry where virtually all moai statues were made.

Most of the 900 moai in the island come from the slopes of the Rano Raraku volcano. Today, the visitors who walk through the external and internal slopes of the Rano Raraku can contemplate several tens of these impressive statues, most of them with their body buried.



moai in ahu Tautira (also called ahu Kopeka Tae Ati) Hanga Roa village, easter island

the only kneeling Moai at Easter Island, Rano Raraku volcan slope, (the quarry from which they were hewn). Found by archaeologist Thor Heyerdahl's team in 1955, this was a very early piece or a later development. Its location, away from the other carved moai is also unusual. One legend says that this is a representation of a famous moai carver, erected to watch over future generations of the craftsmen. Ahu Tongariki and the 15 moai in the far back.

Rapa Nui / Easter Island

Moai from Easter Island, now in the British Museum, London.

You feel as if you are being watched when you stand in the presence of these Moai at Rano Raraku on Easter Island. The Moai in this image are still in the quarry where almost all of the island's 897 Moai were made and then later transported throughout the island.


This quarry is a World Heritage Site where Rapa Nuian craftsmen would begin cutting and shaping the Moai from the volcanic ash (tuff) hillsides. These figures are full length Moai that over the years have been partially buried by sediment washed down from the hillsides.


You can read more about the Moai here if you want:

This link is in English, but the sidebar has dozens of other languages available.

Rapa Nui / Easter Island

Moai in the quarry, Easter Island

Easter Island is simply amazing. On my top destinations.

some of the almost 400 abandoned moai @ Rano Raraku volcan slope, (the quarry from which they were hewn) Rapa Nui (Easter island)


two classic moai @ Rano Raraku volcan slope, (the quarry from which they were hewn) easter island


Ahu Ko Te Riku , Easter Island, Isla de Pascua, Isola di Pasqua

A moment difficult to forget...


Next friday 6 I will project my best night landscapes and talk about the subject in Barcelona,



Este Moai se encuentra en el Museo Arqueológico de La Serena esperando para algún día despertar :)


Located at the Arqueological Museum of La Serena, in Chile, this Moai is waiting to wake up someday :)

Easter Island Chile, a South Pacific wave crashing above a moai (one of those mysterious polynesian statues) . This one is from the Ahu Tahai ceremonial site near the island's only village Hanga Roa.

Hombres mirando al sudeste...Isla de Pascua. Don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my permission.

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Moai (Einzahl: Moai, eigentlich rapanui Moai Maea ‚steinerne Figur‘) werden die kolossalen Steinstatuen der Osterinsel genannt. Sie sind Bestandteil größerer Zeremonialanlagen, wie sie ähnlich auch aus anderen Bereichen der polynesischen Kultur bekannt sind. Das genaue Alter der Figuren ist umstritten, mittlerweile gilt jedoch als gesichert, dass sie keinesfalls älter als 1500 Jahre sind. Pater Sebastian Englert nummerierte und katalogisierte 638 Statuen, das Archaeological Survey and Statue Project von 1969 bis 1976 ermittelte 887, vermutlich waren es jedoch ursprünglich über 1000.[1]



Nice Sunset @ the Ahu Ko Te Riki with the only moai which has been restored with its pukao (hat) on the head and eyes made with white coral and red scoria.....

As seen at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, NV

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en al snel bereik ik de eerste (van vele) Moai

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