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Trilithon Tongatapu

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The Trilithon (Ha'amonga 'a Maui), is an ancient sacred stone archway similar in appearance (but much smaller) and construction to Stonehenge in England. It is situated at the northern end of Tongatapu. The structure is about 5 metres high, 2 meters wide, 6 meter long and weighs about 12 tons. It was built around the beginning of the 13th century by the 11th king (Tu'i Tonga Tu'itatui). The Trilithon is made of three single limestone slabs.

There are various stories about the purpose of the archway. Some assume it was a gateway to the Royal Gardens and some take it as a site for observing the seasons.


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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)

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