Ahu Akivi in Rapa Nui (or Easter Island) in the Valparaíso Region of Chile. The site has seven moai, all of equal shape and size, and is also known as a celestial observatory.

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Ahu Akivi

Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Unusual for its inland location, Ahu Akivi, the first scientific restoration on the island (in 1960), sports seven restored moai. They are the only ones that face toward the sea, but, like all moai, they overlook the site of a village, traces of which can still be seen. The site has proved to have astronomical significance: at the equinoxes, the seven statues look directly at the setting sun.

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