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Easter Island restoration completed
UNESCO presented the results of the project "Preservation of the Archeological Heritage of Easter Island" to the Rapa Nui community on 14 June.
Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, lies 3,700 km off the coast of Chile and is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world. The island bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon, a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence.

From the 10th to the 16th century, the Rapa Nui community built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai, which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.

Over the past four years, UNESCO has worked with Chilean and international specialists to carry out archeological preventive maintenance on Easter Island’s important monuments, such as Ahu Hanga Tetenga, Ahu Runga Va’e and Ahu Tongariki.

The Rapa Nui National Park was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

Read more about the project
From UNESCO’s Office in Santiago.

Rapa Nui National Park
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Photo: © José Miguel Ramírez, Universidad de Valparaíso
Ahu Tongariki
Publication Date 15-06-2006 8:00 am
Source UNESCO Santiago
Publication Date 15-06-2006 8:00 am
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