Taputapuatea

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Taputapuatea
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.

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.

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.

View of the ancient marae at the archaeological complex of Taputapuatea, restored in 1994.

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