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Easter Island

If we hear the words “Easter island” for the first time, we may be led to think of a place with trees, plants and Easter bunnies carrying eggs and running all over the place.

Actually there is no such place, while the true existing “Easter Island”  is one of the most isolated places on Earth, a small volcanic island far in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles west of the coast of Chile and 2500 miles south-east of Tahiti.

“Easter island” is universally known for its giant stone monoliths, called Moai, that can be found along the island coast. There are 887 of them!!!

Rapa Nui, Moai

Just like the Giant Causeway in Ireland, also Easter Island is a World Heritage Site as determined by UNESCO.

The name “Easter island”, moreover, has nothing to do with the religious festival itself: it just happened that a Dutch explorer arrived on that island on Easter Day in 1722, and decided to call it that way! Simple, isn’t it? 😉

The people of Easter Island however called themselves the Rapa Nui.

The Moai really are one of the greatest mysteries on Earth. Who built them? What did they represent? How did they get there? These questions have always fascinated archaeologists and scientists all over the world. Many theories have been suggested, but nobody has been able to unveil the mystery yet.

Watch the video and see what other information you can get about this fascinating and unique place. Will you tell us after watching it? 🙂

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One thought on “Easter Island

  1. I heard that the forests of that island were destroyed by the population who built the “Moais” in order to carry these huge works down to the beach…and then, without trees and birds they begun to eat each other until the whole race disappeared.

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