Marae Taputapuātea, Opoa

#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in French Polynesia
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 is impossible to be in Raiatea and not to go there: a place of inescapable memory, a Unesco heritage site. Well-organized space with multiple explanations. Magical and informative.
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  • An interesting Unesco world heritage site on the island of Raiatea, it is the center of Moai religiosity in the Pacific area. The state of preservation is good, but more explanatory signs would be appropriate to better understand the traditions and rites that took place there. It is a place that, if better valued, would make a great contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the ancient Polynesian culture and the peoples of the Pacific
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  • Amazing historical and cultural place!
  • It's a cool site, but being English speaking and with no guide I'm sure I did not appreciate it as much as I could have.
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