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Rapa Nui National Park
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 300 AD
Date of Inscription: 1995
Location: South America, Chile, Easter Island province of the Valparaíso Region
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Description: The Easter Island (by its indigenous name: Rapa Nui) demonstrates a unique cultural phenomenon. In c. A.D. 300 a society of Polynesian origin settled there and through their monumental sculpture and architecture building, they founded a powerful, imaginative and original tradition which is free from any external influence. Building shrines and erecting enormous stone figures-Moai, (10th-16th centuries) the society created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people to this day. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Rapa Nui National Park is a world heritage site located on Easter Island, Chile. The park is divided into seven sections: Rano Kau (which includes Orongo), Puna Pau (named after the quarry where the Pukao were carved), Rano Raraku (named after the quarry where most of the Moai were carved), Anakena – Ovahe, Ahu Akivi, Costa Norte, Hanga Roa (Urban Area). Chile first declared the island to be a National Park in 1935, and on 22nd March 1996 UNESCO designated the island a World heritage site. Park boundaries have since varied on several occasions in order to return land to the islanders. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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