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The South Pacific is famous for its gleaming white churches, which rise from towns and villages clear across the Pacific Bible Belt from Tahiti to Fiji. Colonial architecture also survives in massive stone edifices, whereas modern official buildings often display neo-traditional designs.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

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Ancient Dwellings, Easter Island

Ancient Dwellings, Easter Island

Centuries ago, these basalt slab dwellings at Orongo on the rim of Rano Kau volcano were used by participants in the birdman festivals.
Upolu Island, Samoa

An unusual two-story fale (house) on Upolu Island, Samoa.

Museum, Vailima in Apia, Samoa

The Robert Louis Stevenson Museum at Vailima in Apia, Samoa.

City Hall, Papeete, Tahiti Parliament, Suva, Fiji Nukualofa, Tonga

Hotel de Ville (City Hall) at Papeete, French Polynesia, built in 1990.

Traditional-style Parliament Building in Suva, Fiji (1992).

19th century Prime Minister's Office in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

Church, Tutuila, American Samoa Mitiaro, Cook Islands Church, Avarua, Rarotonga

Zion Church at Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa, erected in 1900.

Former Korean Club at Pago Pago village, Tutuila, American Samoa.

Rock-solid Cook Islands Christian Church in Avarua, Rarotonga.

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