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Chile - Easter Island, Ahu Tongariki

Chile - Easter Island, Ahu Tongariki
Easter Island - or Rapa Nui as the locals call their island - is well known for its moai, the great carved stone statues staring stonily across the island’s barren hills. The islanders used stone tools to carve a statue out of volcanic tuff. The statues were secured by bark rope attached to tree trunk capstans at the top of the ‘moai factory’. Then they were lowered down the slope into pits where, upstanding right, they were carved in the familiar shape. From there they were transported over the island to their final resting places.

Each statue was carved to represent a specific deified ancestor - moai means “for the progeny” or “for the descendants” - that’s why there are no two statues alike. There are almost 900 moai recorded on Rapa Nui; almost 400 still in the quarry, between 164 and 288 on an ahu (a raised rectangular platform used as a place of worship) and 200 remain on the spot were they fell or were left during transport. The average moai weighs 12,5 tons and stands 4 metres high.

The largest site on Rapa Nui with standing moai is Ahu Tongariki. It has fifteen stone statues lined up and also the largest moai ever erected on the island with a weight of more than 86 tons. One of them is wearing a so called pukao, topknots or hats. They were carved out of a relatively soft red volcanic stone and number around a hundred.

The fifteen moai were toppled in the 17th century, as were all other of these statues on the island, during a tribal war. An earthquake off the coast of Chile in 1960 produced a tsunami that tossed the moai of Ahu Tongariki - some weighing up to 30 tons - more than 600 metres inland. In October 1992 an agreement was signed between the Government of Chile and the Moai Restoration Committee of Japan to restore Ahu Tongariki, which as finally completed in 1996.

Karp Panta, Chriss, Serge Gariépy, Gianni Burberi and 95 other people have particularly liked this photo


112 comments - The latest ones
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
Wow, Jaap, I would love to visit here. I read the book when I was young, and have seen TV programmes about Easter Island. Thanks for sharing, and for the info
9 months ago.
Gerard Perin
Gerard Perin
belle vue
9 months ago.
fifi
fifi
Merci pour le voyage ! o)))
9 months ago.
Pierre
Pierre
Très beau travail et commentaires !!
9 months ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
A fascinating place! I didn't know about the tsunami but it figures, that quake was the largest ever measured...
9 months ago.
Jan Erik Moström
Jan Erik Moström
One of places which I would really like to visit.
9 months ago.
Steve Duez
Steve Duez
Sympa la vue!
9 months ago.
Winscha
Winscha
L'Île de Pâques avec ses moaïs a toujours été un mystère pour moi jusqu'à ce que je vois un documentaire et comprenne comment les anciens déplaçaient les statues.
Merci pour ton historique Jaap
9 months ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
wonderful!
have a great week:)
9 months ago.
Marvin Matthews
Marvin Matthews
Extraordinary ! And thanks for the history.
9 months ago.
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
extraordinaire**********************
9 months ago.
Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Excellent !!
9 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome Easter Island shots!
9 months ago.
Manfred Kaddik
Manfred Kaddik
Danke für da Zeigen dieser Steilküste und der eingeblendeten geschnitzten Steinstatuen.
9 months ago.
A den Hartigh
A den Hartigh
Een fraaie compositie, met interessante info.
9 months ago.
Alda
Alda
fantastic shot! and thanks for the knowledge too!
9 months ago.
Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes
You are a great traveler ! Wonderful !
Have a nice week
9 months ago.
Philippe Delmer
Philippe Delmer
Belle scène face à la mer !
9 months ago.
Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca
Bon cadrage situant les statues dans le paysage..... Informations appréciées
9 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Great view and an amazing place, Jaap ! Have a good week ahead !
9 months ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Amazing works of art and thank you for the very informative documentary.
9 months ago.
Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas
what a fantastic scenario, love this statues, great view
9 months ago.
Frode Øen
Frode Øen
Fantastic shot Jaap.
9 months ago.
Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein
I have been to Chile several times, but Rapa Nui is still a dream ...
9 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Thank you for sharing, Jaap !! A place that makes all of us dream !!! Happy week to you !!
9 months ago.
Phil West
Phil West
thanks for sharing some informative dialogue which matches the shot
9 months ago.
Johanna
Johanna
There are wonderful pictures in your galery, Jaap !
Thank you for sharing
9 months ago.
Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】
Impressive !******
9 months ago.
Frans Van Beers
Frans Van Beers
you must be a globetrotter!
9 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Frans Van Beers
Ik doe m'n best !!
9 months ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
Superb picture and PiP's Jaap. Those statues are amazing!
9 months ago.
Pat29
Pat29
Excellent pic Jaap
9 months ago.
Edward Bowthorpe
Edward Bowthorpe
Lovely shot Jaap,eddie
9 months ago.
Danielle
Danielle
Excellent ************
9 months ago.
Pat Del
Pat Del
An excellent view on these large stone statues, or moai, for which Easter Island is famous !
9 months ago.
Pics-UM
Pics-UM
Sehr schön gezeigt. Auch die PiPs sind klasse. Gruß Uwe
9 months ago.
•●•Line,
•●•Line,
Niiiiiiice!
9 months ago.
Lucette
Lucette
Bel endroit !
9 months ago.
Claudine Gaulier-Denis
Claudine Gaulier-Den…
superbe
9 months ago.
uwschu
uwschu
ein Wunder der Menschheitsgeschichte
9 months ago.
Ewald
Ewald
Herrliche Aussicht und PIP,s!!!
9 months ago.
Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy
The statues are fascinating!
9 months ago.
menonfire
menonfire
Sehr imposanter Blick Jaap, danke für die Info !
9 months ago.
cammino
cammino
Beautiful view!
9 months ago.
Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac
Photo très intéressante. Nicole.
9 months ago.
sunlight
sunlight
A very interesting landscape !
9 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
A brilliant series of images Jaap................and a fascinating narrative. Like Gudrun I hadn't heard about the Tsunami. We learn something new on IP everyday..!!
9 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Keith Burton
Heard about it from a guide during a trip on the island.
9 months ago.
Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard
Belle perspective dans ce paysage grandiose !!
9 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Truly iconic image !!
9 months ago.
Baby
Baby
Beautiful work! I like it much!
9 months ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Great statues, shame about the trees ... if that really was the cause of their demise!
9 months ago.
Misou 49
Misou 49
BeMystérieuse île de Pâques ! Belle photo !lle image
9 months ago.
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
And those amazing statues...great to see, Jaap.
9 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Beautiful photos and excellent information !
9 months ago.
Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele
Sehr schön ,und sehr Interessant!
9 months ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Phenomenal capture of this fascinating place!
9 months ago.
Jean
Jean
A wonderful view of this intriguing place.
9 months ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Mooie plaatje, Jaap.
9 months ago.
Hélène chevillard
Hélène chevillard
Superbe ,merci pour les détails . Amitié
9 months ago.
Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann
Beautiful shot and also great PiPs! Thanks for the information.
9 months ago.
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
Very mysterious and so interesting!
9 months ago.
sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf
Sehr ansprechende Pips und Worte, Jaap,
freundliche Grüße und einen guten Tag
Erich
9 months ago.
Dick M
Dick M
Oh, man! You have been everywhere!
9 months ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
very beautiful wide view and interesting PiP series !!!
9 months ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Wonderful image and excellent information Jaap
9 months ago.
Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase
Interesting landscape and fantastic photos, Jaap!
Congrats on Explore! :)
9 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A wonderful image Jaap.
9 months ago.
Thomas R.
Thomas R.
Impressive landscape!
9 months ago.
Gary Schotel
Gary Schotel
Well done, Jaap. Great information as well. I just recently explored this area on google. Fantastic. I did read some of the history. Was covered all by forest till ships arrived with rats.
9 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Gary Schotel
That 'rat story' is new for me. Didn't hear or read about it.
9 months ago.
Frank Roolooth has replied to Gary Schotel
I read that the problem was over population and the trees being cut for cooking fuel, houses and boats and for conversion to agricultural land when the old areas are exhaused. We have rats in many parts of the world but the forests are uneffected by them. If you could give me the link Gary I'd be interested to read the info and its original source.
9 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Frank Roolooth
As far as I know timber on Easter Island gradually became scarce as statue making increased. The lack of trees meant that canoes could no longer be built, thus restricting offshore fishing. Without canoes the islanders could not sett off for another islandf and they found themselves trapped in a degrading enviroment. That was more or less the end of the moai-period.
9 months ago.
Gary Schotel has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
I did read that on the Island's Scientific site.
9 months ago.
Gary Schotel has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
The rats forestalled any comeback by the vanishing trees: Every fossil palm nut that experts have turned up on the island had been nibbled by rats in such a way as to preclude germination.
9 months ago.
Gary Schotel has replied to Frank Roolooth
The rats imported on European ships forestalled any comeback by the vanishing trees: Every fossil palm nut that experts have turned up on the island had been nibbled by rats in such a way as to preclude germination.
9 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Gary Schotel
Thank you very much Gary.
Wii check it with the books I have.
9 months ago.
Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion
A most beautiful and impressive scene. A superbly composed photo, Jaap. Fascinating information too.
9 months ago.
Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel
Merci pour cette photo et l'explication,bonne journee
9 months ago.
Frank Roolooth
Frank Roolooth
Great shot Japp.
9 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Great shot and fascinating info, Jaap.
9 months ago.
Bergfex
Bergfex
Whow!
Könnte ich mir (als Ausschnitt) auf der neuen Frontpage vorstellen:
www.ipernity.com/group/2341904
9 months ago. Edited 9 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to Bergfex
You can use it if you want.
9 months ago.
Danielle
Danielle
Grandiose ***********
9 months ago.
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
This is very interesting, Japp !
9 months ago.
Mariano
Mariano
Que conocida que me suena esta toma Jaap ;) www.ipernity.com/doc/mariano.barba/40565774/in/album/756308
9 months ago.
Alan Foster
Alan Foster
An interesting narrative Jaap - glad they are getting looked after now! Alan:-)
9 months ago.
Der Wandersmann
Der Wandersmann
You've been there? Out of the way place! Nice selection of photographs.
9 months ago.
Schussentäler
Schussentäler
sehr schöne Serie
9 months ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
Happy coming weekend:=)
9 months ago.
LutzP
LutzP
Amazing Jaap, Where in this world haven't you been?
9 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen has replied to LutzP
There are still a lot of places on my bucket list Lutz.
9 months ago. Edited 9 months ago.
Kama 56
Kama 56
extra d'avoir pu découvrir cette ile mythique.
9 months ago.
Chris10
Chris10
Wat een bijzondere foto en informatie Jaap.
Je hebt echt heel de wereld over getrokken en de loop der jaren.... Super!

Het één na rechter standbeeld draagt ook nog eens een erg grote bepakking op zijn hoofd.

Groet, Christien.
9 months ago.
micritter
micritter
Very well done and very nice details in the PiPs.
9 months ago.
Esther
Esther
On my wish list to visit.
9 months ago.
ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo
Encore une magnifique photo... merci
Jaap pour ce beau partage..!
HFF et bon W/end
9 months ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Wonderful scenic landscape. Well done Jaap Regards Tess.
9 months ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Back to say
Congratulations on Explore Well deserved Regards Tess
9 months ago.
neira-Dan
neira-Dan
un site mythique !! c'est super de pouvoir y aller ; merci pour le partage
9 months ago.