Marae Taputapuātea, Raiatea

#2 of 11 in Historic Sites in French Polynesia
Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
The ruins of a special place of worship and funerals, Marae Taputapuātea sits at the center of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taputapuātea, an area of forested valleys, lagoon, and open ocean. The rock walls and plinths remind visitors of the spiritual past of the islands, the influence of the sun on ceremonies, and the structures that were designed to show faith and worship. Culturally important and located in a scenic spot, the well-signposted site includes informative panels with texts and diagrams that help you imagine how the place of worship would have looked in the past. Plan your Marae Taputapuātea visit and explore what else you can see and do in Raiatea using our Raiatea trip itinerary website.
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  • It does not take much time and it shows the historic archeology of the culture, much of which was destroyed by the missionaries.  more »
  • This is a large marae complex with multiple structures. Very interesting if you love history and culture. Be sure to follow the path above for a really great view!  more »
  • Really interesting site, with so much history. ashame they were out of English maps when we were there for knowing the detail of what each area was for. however we got a general understanding and googled it after.
  • Very Sacred Place...1000 years old

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