Taputapuatea

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Taputapuatea
Commune
View of the ancient marae at the archaeological complex of Taputapuatea, restored in 1994
View of the ancient marae at the archaeological complex of Taputapuatea, restored in 1994
Location of the commune (in red) within the Leeward Islands
Location of the commune (in red) within the Leeward Islands
Coordinates: 16°50′15″S 151°21′32″W / 16.8375°S 151.3589°W / -16.8375; -151.3589Coordinates: 16°50′15″S 151°21′32″W / 16.8375°S 151.3589°W / -16.8375; -151.3589
Country France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Moutame
Area 88.5 km2 (34.2 sq mi)
Population (August 2007 census)1 4,614
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 98750 /98735
Elevation 0–758 m (0–2,487 ft)
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Taputapuātea
UNESCO World Heritage site
Taputapu marae Raiatea little man.jpg
Tiki on the marae at Taputapuatea
Location Raiatea, French Polynesia, France
Criteria Cultural: (iii)(iv)(vi)
Reference 1529
Inscription 2017 (41st Session)
Area 2,124 ha (5,250 acres)
Buffer zone 3,363 ha (8,310 acres)
Coordinates 16°50′29.04″S 151°22′20.56″W / 16.8414000°S 151.3723778°W / -16.8414000; -151.3723778
Taputapuatea is located in French Polynesia
Taputapuatea
Location of Taputapuatea in French Polynesia.
Taputapuatea is located in Oceania
Taputapuatea
Taputapuatea (Oceania)

Taputapuatea is a commune of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Taputapuatea is located on the island of Raiatea, in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands, themselves part of the Society Islands. In 2017 Taputapuatea along with Taputapuatea marae were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.[1]

Taputapuatea consists of the following associated communes:

The administrative centre of the commune is the settlement of Avera.

The commune was named after a large marae complex which was once considered the religious center of eastern Polynesia. The archaeological site of Taputapuatea marae is still today the most famous landmark of Raiatea.

References

  1. ^ "Taputapuātea". UNESCO. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
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