Fodor's Expert Review Tahai

Hanga Roa Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The ancient ceremonial center of Tahai, where much of the annual Tapati Rapa Nui festival takes place, was restored in 1968 by archaeologist William Mulloy, who is buried nearby. Tahai consists of three separate ahus facing a wide plaza that once served as a community meeting place. You can still find the foundations of the boat-shape dwellings where religious and social leaders once lived. In the center is Ahu Tahai, which holds a single weathered moai. To the left is Ahu Vai Uri, where five moai, one little more than a stump, cast their stony gaze over the island. Also here is Ahu Kote Riku, with a splendid moai and red topknot intact; this is the only moai on the island to have its gleaming white eyes restored. This is an especially good place to come to see the island's blazing yellow sunsets.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

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Easter Island, Valparaíso  2770000, Chile

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