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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.