"Church of Santa Cruz" Easter Island Things to Do Tip by krissyM

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The Catholic church of Santa Cruz parish, at the top of the main street in Hanga Roa, is a splendid mesh of catholicism and traditional polynesian beliefs. Built between 1954 and 1964, it's a pretty little white-walled church whose graveyard contains the coffins of some of the first missionaries who came to the island, including Sebastian Englert whom the archealogical museum is named after.

Try to get into the church for a Sunday 9am service to enjoy the blend at its best, including the sound of familiar Catholic hymns sung with an unmistakable Polynesian rhythm.

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  • Written Aug 14, 2007
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