Most interesting wonders of Wallis and Futuna
These islands are an overseas collectivity of France.
These three islands represent a little known outpost of Polynesia between Tonga and Samoa.
Wallis is middle Pleistocene volcanic island with interesting volcanic cones and crater lakes, surrounded by coral reefs. Futuna and Alofi are beautiful, mountainous islands, covered with lush tropical forests. Alofi island has especially valuable pristine ecosystem.
- Basilica of St. Peter Channel in Poi – Futuna. Unusual, impressive church building with stepped tower, built in 1986. Built to commemorate a martyr Pierre Channel, who was killed here in 1841.
- Lalolalo Lake – Wallis. A round lake – volcanic crater. The lake is surrounded by steep, up to 30 m tall walls. Lake is almost inaccessible due to these walls.
- Lanu’tavake – Wallis. A round crater lake, once used as a source of drinking water.
- Le Toagatoto (Marais Sanglants) – Wallis. A historical place where a battle between the native people of Wallis and Tongan army took place. This is marsh which, according to the locals, still is haunted. Remnants of stone walls.
- Loka Cave – Alofi. A natural grotto where a shrine to St. Bernadette has been established.
- Mata-Utu Cathedral – Wallis. Large church building in Neo-Romanesque style, built in 1951 – 1967.
- Talietumu (Kolo Noi) – Wallis. Remnants of a fortified Tongan settlement, developed in 1450 AD, the last stronghold of Tongans in Wallis. The settlement is surrounded by a massive stone wall with several entrances. The central structure is a stone platform – Talietumu, a shrine. It is elevated per 5 m and is 80 m long. The complex architecture of the structure has important symbolic meaning.
- Tepa Church – Wallis. Imposing church building with semicircular tower.
Described wonders of Wallis and Futuna
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