Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pohnpei Island and the Nan Madol Fortress

The Nan Madol fortress on Pohnpei Island is an amazing sight. I rowed the dinghy around the canals and various 92 man made islands within the 200 acre site and discovered it was a huge village with many remains of ancient buildings. Most of the building were constructed of large megalithic basalt columns delivered via sailing canoes from a volcanic basalt quarry 16 miles away. Construction was estimated to have started in 500 AD and continued to the early 1500's AD.

View of 260-foot long north wall of the fortress named Nandauwas.

Many of the basalt columns weigh 5 tons or more. Hard to imagine the numbers of workers required to construct the buildings and canals.

View of the hundreds of canals dug into the island for transportation purposes.
Nan Madol was called Venice of the Pacific by early European explorers.

View from Sokeh's Rock

View of Kolonia harbor from
View of yacht anchorage
from Sokeh's Rock


YatterMatters said...


Always told you that the camera work you do is worthy.

You really should think about putting them on ISTOCK. At least it might pay for the film.

Glad you and Lin are good.

Also you should give some thought to Wordpress before you get too deep into it.

bubbles said...

"At least it might pay for the film."
Smitty, you gotta get rid of those 35mm cameras. The digital age has come up and passed you.