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Ambohimanga

Address: 23 km north of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
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Owner description: The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
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Goiânia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Köln, Deutschland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
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26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Madagascar
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Agoura Hills, California
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We had our driver take us for a tour of Ambohimanga (royal palace) and it was a nice way to spend the morning (4 hours total). It is about a one hour drive from Tana (21km) and being our first day in the country and a Sunday, it was an interesting way to see the city and surrounding areas. It... More

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El Dorado Hills, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I didn't find it interesting and it was along way to go. I liked walking through the little village and looking at the the children playing-not wrath a day trip.

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Antananarivo
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is one of the best place to learn more about the story of Madagascar. The local guides are all wonderfull and knowledgeable.

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