Ahu Te Pito Kura

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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5 799 contributions
Unique Ahu
Dec 2019 • Family
Te Pito Kura is located in front of the Bay of La Pérouse. In the center is the Ahu(platform), whose only moai named Paro, remains in the same position it was when it was demolished, making it unique. The Paro Moai represents a milestone from the period when the statues were built, as it is the largest moai statue transported from the Rano Raraku volcano quarry and erected successfully on an ahu or platform. Its dimensions are spectacular: it’s ears measure 2 meters, its height reaches 10 meters and it is estimated that it’s weight must have exceeded 80 tons. Next to the ahu, a few meters away, is a large ovoid shaped stone. The expression Te Pito Kura means “navel of light” and some people relate the name of the place with the special qualities of this rock and with one of the names with which it is known to Easter Island, Te Pito O Te Henua which means “navel of the world”. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting this tourist attraction.
Written 22 November 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1 780 contributions
Ahu Te Pito Kura
Jul 2019
Ahu Te Pito Kura has the largest statue that was ever successfully erected on Easter Island. It is almost 33 feet high and weighs approximately 70 tonnes. Today, the statue lies face down, with a broken head and separated torso. This moai awaits resurrection by archeologists. Worth a quick stop
Written 16 June 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2 339 contributions
Large moai
Jan 2020
This site only has one Moai but it measures 30 feet and weighs up to 90 tons, making it the largest moai to be raised on a platform. The topknot itself weights around 11.5 tons. This is a good chance to see an unrestored platform, one where the moai is lying exactly as it was when it was thrown over 200 years ago. This is the larges moai to have been transported from Rano Raraku and successfully erected on a platform. To the left of the platform, encircled by a stone wall is a large stone circled by four smaller stones. Here one will find a very sacred stone that the moai is named after. It has been said that this stone was brought from the home island of Hiva by the first Rapa Nui king.
Written 14 April 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1 984 contributions
Well preserved village and the longest once erected moai
Jan 2020
The site is interesting as it is one of the better preserved villages, where one can see the chicken coups as well as the outline of some houses of which only the foundations were of stone, the rest was wood and other perishable material. The chicken coups are more elaborate, and even the stone made "pots" for plant were more elaborate. However, to understand what is what and why, it is best to visit with a guide.
On the site is also the tallest once erected moai, who had an ahu all for himself. The date when it was thrown over is quite well established, namely in 1838, as whalers used it as a landmark, and noted it being overthrown. According to them, it was overthrown as an act of revenge. The round ball was holy and used to mark a boundary between the 2 halves of the island.
Written 24 February 2020
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Stella R.
Brasilia, DF26 contributions
Don't go without a guide! Worth a quick stop.
Feb 2020
If you go without a guide, or without some knowledge acquired from reading, you might stay no more than ten minutes. There you'll find the rests of the biggest Moai transported from Rano Raraku, named "Paro Moai", which I honestly didn't find "that" impressive.
There's also a magnetic rock that it's said to have healing powers and was brought by the island's first king, Hotu Matu'a, but we can't touch it anymore. It's near the sea, surrounded by other stones in order to be protected.
Besides, there's a broken ahu which was very useful to understand how the burials and ceremonies worked. Also, we were shown the rocks inside of which meals - the "umu tahu" - were prepared for special occasions.
Interesting, but not unmissable. Excluding the rock and the giant destroyed Moai, all other structures are spread over other sites in the island. Worth a quick stop.
Written 14 February 2020
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Bill M
Springfield, MO308 contributions
It all comes together here
Jan 2020
See the largest mo’ai statue transported from the Rano Raraku volcano quarry and erected successfully on an ahu with is voluminous headdresses carved and transferred from the quarry of Puna Pau from the opposite end of the island.
Its dimensions are spectacular: its ears measure over 6 feet; it is 33 feet tall and is estimated to weigh more than 80 tons. The mo’ai lies face down and its body is split in half as a result of its collapse. In front of its head lies its gigantic pukao, almost 6 feet high and about 10 tons in weight.
A few yards away from the ahu is a large spherical and smooth stone almost 3 feet in diameter surrounded by other stones. This stone warms up more than others because of its high iron content, causing compasses to behave strangely giving rise to the belief of some that is radiates a supernatural energy called mana.
All of this is situated on an inlet from the ocean with crashing waves.
Written 2 February 2020
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bukagirl
New Jersey3 748 contributions
Well...
Dec 2019 • Solo
Claims it's the largest statute on the island but is is broken up.
I wouldn't go out of my way for this but if you have time check it out, the perfectly round stones are interesting.
Written 31 December 2019
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Ross B
Shenley, UK975 contributions
Not in my top 5 things to do
Sep 2019
If you have limited time I suggest missing this. It is said to be the site of the largest Moai ever built and a magnetic round stone smoothed down from being under water.
Written 26 September 2019
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johncvx
Paris, France15 contributions
an alien gift to heal a must see
May 2019
amazing place where a hot stone could heal according to the local story
a place to be everyone come to put is hand near and close. even in winter this stone is hot
Written 4 September 2019
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dselvan
Warrington, UK2 498 contributions
Worth a walk to the rocks
Feb 2019
This is a site which was supposed to have the largest Moai ever built and a magnetic rock. You walk from the car park for less than 5 minutes and you can get to the water side. Not a hard walk. What is left of the largest Moai is not that impressive.
Written 26 August 2019
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