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Reviewed 12 December 2018

The Church of Rapa Nui (aka Holy Cross Church) is the only Catholic Church on the island, founded in 1937 by Father Sebastián Englert. This is a simple church, clearly in need of repairs, but worthy of a visit. Most unique is its blending of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Linda Y
Reviewed 17 November 2018

We called by Sunday morning to enjoy an amazing range of hymns sung to local rhythms with amazing enthusiasm and vigour. The local congregation is amazingly friendly and welcomed us enthusiastically.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank John P
Reviewed 15 November 2018

It's worth visiting this site because of the beautiful statues in the church. They are so beautiful!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KYtraveler79
Reviewed 11 November 2018

The Rapa Nui church demonstrates the ability - some might say pragmatism - of Christianity to embrace and absorb local faiths. It's Christianity in the Rapa Nui context. This fusion is proclaimed in the architecture and decorative elements that include symbolism that reflects both faith...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This church is a perfect example of Christianity blended into Rapa Nui culture. Symbols from each decorate the facade, while the sculptures inside blend the ancient and newer concepts introduced by missionaries. It’s a must see on the island.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Helen V
Reviewed 15 September 2018

Worthwhile experience if you are on the Island on a Sunday. The 9:00 AM mass that we attended in July was beyond packed. People were standing inside the church, and there was a large gathering at the front entrance, with people trying to watch from...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank product-of-canada
Reviewed 3 April 2018

You will have to wait another year now, since Easter Sunday is just over, but if you can come next year let's do it, it is really an unique blend of christian and polinesian customs, with music and a mixture of local pleople and tourists...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mario T
Reviewed 14 March 2018

This church is just a couple of blocks up from the harbour, next to the artisanal market. It has the white-bordered rock construction that I've seen occasionally, but adds to it with some nice red Polynesian sculptures. Inside has a lot of wood sculptures -...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mrdom
Reviewed 6 March 2018

The spread of Christianity always relied on its ability to absorb local rites and beliefs, and by God was this true here. The skeleton of the mass was recognizable, but the singing and the responses were distinctly Polynesian, and utterly captivating. The elongated statues are...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Giles B
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Sunday mass is a great experience. Native singing is beautiful. After mass priest is most friendly and very happy to have picture taken while wearing headdress. Church is interesting to visit alone, but I would not put it on the top of my list.

Date of experience: January 2018
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