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A part of Ahu Vinapu, showing the precision of the stonemasonry
Ahu Vinapu is an archaeological site on Rapa Nuimarker (Easter Islandmarker) in Chileanmarker Polynesia.

The ceremonial center of Vinapu includes one of the larger ahu on Rapa Nui. The ahu exhibits extraordinary stonemasonry consisting of large, carefully fitted slabs of basalt. The Americanmarker archaeologist, William Mulloy investigated the site in 1958.

Vinapu is part of the Rapa Nui National Park, which UNESCOmarker has declared a World Heritage Site.

According to the thesis of Jean Hervé Daude: Île de Pâques - L'empreinte des Incas, ahu Vinapu have been built by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui during his expedition to the Pacific in 1465. A Chullpas Sillustani in the Andes has been built under the reign of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui in the same way that the ahu Vinapu.


  • Mulloy, W.T. 1959. The Ceremonial Center of Vinapu. Actas del XXXIII Congreso Internacional de Americanistas. San José, Costa Rica.
  • Norwegian Archaeological Expedition to Easter Island and the East Pacific, T. Heyerdahl, E.N. Ferdon, W.T. Mulloy, A. Skjølsvold, C.S. Smith. 1961. Archaeology of Easter Island. Stockholm; Santa Fe, N.M.: Forum Pub. House; distributed by The School of American Research.

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