#9. Easter Island
Rapa Nui, which is the name given to the Easter Island by its first inhabitants, is the territory of Chile and is situated in the southern Pacific Ocean and is considered as one of the new wonders of the world. The island is situated 2300 miles West of Chile.
The 63 square mile piece of land is home to 887 huge stone statues. The statues carry the name Moai and started to be carved at some point between the 13th and 15th century. The statues are easily recognizable due to their peculiar faces.
They have long noses, wide chins, heavy eyebrows, rectangular ears, and deeply set eyes. Firstly people thought that the statues were only made up of heads, but later it was discovered during excavations in 2012 that the bodies were just hidden underground.
Curiously, all the statues except one group face inland which means their backs are turned to the ocean. This is believed to be because the inhabitants thought the statues were protectors of the land. The island is full of mysteries and facts which seem to be unfolding every day.