PASIFIKA HISTORY Nan Madol

The “Venice of the Pacific” or “Venice of Micronesia” are names given to Nan Madol, a ruined city located on the eastern shore of Pohnpei, for the islets that are surrounded by narrow stretches of water that resemble canals. Ancestors called these ruins Soun Nan-leng, or the Reef of Heaven. 

Nan Madol served as both a religious center and home of the ruling kings during the Saudeleur dynasty. It’s still a mystery as to how it was built and why the people decided to take on this large task. In 1985 it was declared a National Historical Landmark.

I own the book Micronesian Legends and it features a story during the Saudeleur dynasty. It’s called Isohkelekel Vanquishes the Saudeleur. You can read the short story here (first half) and here. Isohkelekel is said to have freed the Pohnpeians from the dictatorship of the Saudeleur dynasty.

More information about this ancient city: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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