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The hundreds of carved heads that adorn Rapa Nui (Easter Island) were in use as early as 500 BC

From Mount Olympus in Greece to Peru's Machu Picchu, some of the world's most sacred places still draw thousands of visitors each year. Here is a selection of some of the world's most sacred sites.

Mysterious Places - Information on Sacred Sites and Ancient Civilizations around the world. Explore Easter Island, Mayan Ruins, Stonehenge and more. Plus, resources to help plan your trip these exotic destinations.

Mysteries of the Maya

The Moai statues of Easter Island aka 'Rapa Nui.'  Located in the Pacific Ocean at 27 degrees south of the equator and some 2200 miles off the coast of Chile, it is considered to be the world’s most remote inhabited island.

The Moai statues of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

A sculptural event designed to create instances of non secular sacred space in urban landscapes. The solemn stone visages of the Maui from Easter Island, painted the lurid fluorsescent colours of industrial safety wear and rendered in tiny proportions, appear as unexpected details of familiar monuments and utilitarian city objects.

A sculptural event designed to create instances of non secular sacred space in urban landscapes. The solemn stone visages of the Maui from Easter Island, painted the lurid fluorsescent colours of industrial safety wear and rendered in tiny proportions, appear as unexpected details of familiar monuments and utilitarian city objects.

Do Shoes hanging from telephone wires mean there’s drugs nearby (and how do you know which house to go to if they do?) Designed by Terrible Comfort A sculptural event designed to create instances of non secular sacred space in urban landscapes. The solemn stone visages of the Maui from Easter Island, painted the lurid fluorsescent colours of industrial safety wear and rendered in tiny proportions, appear as unexpected details of familiar monuments and utilitarian city objects.

Do Shoes hanging from telephone wires mean there’s drugs nearby (and how do you know which house to go to if they do?) Designed by Terrible Comfort A sculptural event designed to create instances of non secular sacred space in urban landscapes. The solemn stone visages of the Maui from Easter Island, painted the lurid fluorsescent colours of industrial safety wear and rendered in tiny proportions, appear as unexpected details of familiar monuments and utilitarian city objects.

As the year turns, we think of renewal. Many find their spiritual center through the traditions of formal religions, while for others, private thoughts and special places provide this spiritual order. In each of these, nature plays some part–oftentimes it is sacred spaces wherein we find the source and strength for the future. - See more at: http://theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch/sacred-places/

Ask the average person what they know about Easter Island and those monumental statues with their inscrutable expressions would likely top the list.

What Are the Most Sacred Sites Around the World?: Easter Island, Chile

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Intended to stand atop cut-stone altars (called ahu), the moai of Easter Island average 13 feet high and weigh nearly 14 tons each.  (Courtesy awc007/myBudgetTravel)

10 islands to see before you die

Intended to stand atop cut-stone altars (called ahu), the moai of Easter Island average 13 feet high and weigh nearly 14 tons each. (From: 10 Islands to See Before You Die)

Easter Islands, Chile

An isolated volcanic island, Easter Island, in the South Pacific. The nearest neighbor is 2000 miles away.

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