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Photo Tour: Nan Madol Ruins, Pohnpei

The ruins of the ancient city of Nan Madol are spread across about 100 artifical islets off the coast. Built over a long period, sometime between 1000 and 1500 CE (AD), it was an important religious and political center for the area. I didn't expect to see such fantastic structures here, so far away from anything else.

My guides combined Nan Madol with a trip to the Kepiroki waterfall (on the previous page).




We're headed for the big ruin on the left, which is the main one we explored:
Nan Madol ruins, Pohnpei


Nan Madol ruins, Pohnpei


Walking around can take a little scrambling:
Nan Madol ruins, Pohnpei


Nan Madol ruins, Pohnpei


Some of the huge basalt blocks are close to 10 meters long. I heard that they weigh as much as 50 tonnes (metric tons, around 100 English tons), but I didn't check that ;-):
Nan Madol ruins, Pohnpei


Two views around the outside of the building we explored:
Nan Madol ruins, Pohnpei


Nan Madol ruins, Pohnpei

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