Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Nan Madol Pohnpei Reviews
mysterious ruins in the Pacific Dec 27, 2010
The Nan Madol ruins are located on the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. The once-city was built by the Saudeleur dynasty of kings who ruled Pohnpei over 500 years ago. The ruins are built of huge blocks of hexagonal basalt, stacked like firewood, built on platforms in the mangrove swamp and separated by canals. Most of the structures have fallen into ruin, but the main building is still impressive, 20' high walls and hundreds of feet on a side, covered in moss and lichen.
The ruins are about an hour's drive from Kolonia, the main town on Pohnpei. The trail to the ruins is in good shape, built of crushed coral and bridges through the swamp. The local families collect $4 to pass through their property.
Part of the Dec 10: West Pacific travel blog
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