Moai Figure, Viña del Mar, Chile

Moai , or mo‘ai, are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500.

This figure stands in front of a Museum in Viña del Mar. Moai are carved in relatively flat planes, the faces bearing proud but enigmatic expressions.

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Viña del Mar, Chile

Viña del Mar meaning “Vineyard of the Sea”), is a city and commune on central Chile’s Pacific coast. Often referred to as “La Ciudad Jardín” (“The Garden City”), Viña del Mar is located within the Valparaíso Region, and it is Chile’s fourth largest city with a population of 324,836 (according to the 2012 census). Viña del Mar is also part of the Greater Valparaíso area, the country’s third largest metropolitan area, after the Metropolitan areas of Santiago and Concepción. The Greater Valparaíso Area is home to 5 municipalities: Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Concon, Quilpue, and Villa Alemana. Click on the pictures.