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.
Taputapuatea
Taputapu marae Raiatea little man.jpg
Tiki on the marae at Taputapuatea
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Raiatea, French Polynesia, France Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 16°48′57″S 151°24′26″W / 16.8158°S 151.4072°W / -16.8158; -151.4072
Area 88 km2 (950,000,000 sq ft) [1]
Criteria iii, iv, vi
Reference 1529
Inscription 2017 (41st Session)
Taputapuatea is located in French Polynesia
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Location of Taputapuatea
Taputapuatea is located in Oceania
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Taputapuatea is located in Earth
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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.[2]

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[edit]

  1. ^ répertoire géographique des communes; retrieved: 26 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Taputapuātea". UNESCO. Retrieved 18 July 2017.