Astonishing Facts You Didn’t Know About Easter Island

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Easter Island is undoubtedly one of the most mysterious place on Earth. But, how many things do you know about this site? Let us help you by presenting interesting facts about Easter Island.

Easter Island is located in the Pacific Ocean and it is owned by Chile. It has a volcanic origin, and has no trees.

This beautiful, famous Island is the world’s least visited archaeological site.

The current name of the island isn’t its first. The oldest known names are “Te Pito o Te Henua” – the “Center of the World,” and “Mata-Ki-Te-Rani”- the “Eyes Looking at Heaven.”

Another known name of the island was “Rapa Nui,” meaning “Great Rapa,” which was given to it in the 1860’s by Tahitian sailors. They said that Easter Island reminded them of another island in Polynesia called “Rapa Iti” or “Little Rapa.”

The name we all know, the name it carries today, was given on Easter Sunday, April 5th 1722, by a Dutch sea captain Jacob Roggeveen.

The stone statues are called “moai.” The average height of “moai” statue is 14 feet and 6 inches, and it weighs 14 tons.

They once stood upon massive stone platforms called “ahu.”

Some of the statues wear red-stoned-hats.

The belief is that the stone statues were ritually prepared and used for religious purposes. More precisely, the stones had a magical spiritual essence.