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Address: 23 km north of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Description: The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning...
The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
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The most significant site in Tana

This is the only Unesco protected world heritage site in the whole of Madagascar and also the most significant as it was the palace of the first King that unified the country in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is the only Unesco protected world heritage site in the whole of Madagascar and also the most significant as it was the palace of the first King that unified the country in the 18th century. He had 12 wives, a lucky number in Madagascar, but lived with his favorite one in this particular palace located 24 km from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Ambohimanga ('The Blue Hill') is a World Heritage site outside Antanarivo. Situated on one of 12 scared hills, it is around 20 km outside the city; the drive takes you through clogged narrow streets and heavy traffic though the site itself is an oasis of quiet! A local guide took us round the site which includes the small wooden home... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I am glad I came to this palace after seeing the Queens palace in the city. The place is located on top of a high hill which offers a great breeze. The place is also nicely preserved and you get a great view of the city. It is also a nice place to learn some history of how the kings... More 

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Goiânia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

At this place you can see how was the ancient life in Madagascar. How was the King's life. It,s interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I'm not a huge fan of cities and an escape into the countryside was a good choice. The palace is well preserved and a good way to pass an hour although the journey there took about 2 hours. Not a standout from our trip but worth seeing if you have a little time to spare and a car to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Excellent historical site well maintained and excellent guides. Important not just to see wildlife in Madagascar, understand its history as well to appreciate its people. Look for the animist worship sites at the rear of the Royal Tombs and remember DO NOT point with your finger, it is Fady (taboo)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The former king & queen's palace outside Tana is actually just a couple of buildings on a hill. The views are great and the summer residence quite cute but it's a lot smaller than I thought and there isn't really that much to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We weren’t quite sure what to expect of our visit here and were pleasantly surprised. Our local guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was fascinating to learn about the relatively recent history of the kings and queens that inhabited the palace. We would definitely recommend a stop here if you have a day in Tana.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

It is one of history and culture of this country. It helps to understand how where build the relations of the kings-queen and people hundred years ago

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Problem with this and almost all attractions in Madagascar is that you're forced to use a guide whether you want to or not. I had a two-page detailed account of the Ambohimanga Palace and would have enjoyed doing it at my own pace. But they just don't let you.

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Address: 23 km north of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Location: Africa  >  Madagascar  >  Antananarivo Province  >  Antananarivo

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