View of the ancient marae at the archaeological complex of Taputapuatea, restored in 1994
Location of the commune (in red) within the Leeward Islands
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|• 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.|
Tiki on the marae at Taputapuatea
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Raiatea, French Polynesia, France|
|Area||88 km2 (950,000,000 sq ft) |
|Criteria||iii, iv, vi|
|Inscription||2017 (41st Session)|
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.
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.
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