Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established an original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century this society built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai.
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I've watched countless documentaries about the mystery that surrounds these enigmatic stone structures on the Easter Island. I'd probably would never set foot on this island due to its remote location but if I ever did, I think I could just sit for hours looking upon them and wonder...
Easter Island, Chile. Easter Island...2000 inhabitants, early settlers carved over 900 statues called moai (only 3 shown here with a zoom lens), the settlers also began cutting down the islands trees and shrubs leaving the island hauntingly empty.