Rapa Nui, the indigenous name for Easter Island, is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, separated from the coast of Chile by 2,300 miles.
Ahu Nau Nau
One of the most recognizable sites in Rapa Nui, Ahu Nau Nau is a restored ceremonial platform site with 7 giant moai statues.
The red hat stones on four of the best preserved moai are known as pukao and can weigh up to 10 tonnes.
Ahu Nau Nau on the Beach of Anakena in Rapa Nui (2019-01) by CyArkCyArk
The moai and ahu, the stone platforms which they sit atop, are sacred to the people today and are a source of spiritual power.
Ahu Ura Uranga
In 2017, a restoration program was undertaken at the site of Ahu Ura Uranga to replace fallen stones from the seaward side of the ahu.
3D model of Ahu Ature Huki - Rapa Nui by CyArkCyArk
Click to explore the Moai in 3D
Professor Jane Downes, ICOMOS Working Group on Cultural Heritage and Climate Change, and Archaeology Institute Director, University of the Highlands and Islands UK.