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Ambohimanga

23 km north of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Flea/ Street Markets
Description: The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

For a history buff like nyself, this is a truly awesome world heritage site. Thumbs up to the local authorities for the top notch restoration and up-keeping work for keeping this historically sacred site in tip top condition. Even the furnitures in the various chambers are very well kept. Even if one isn't interested in history and culture, the breathtaking... More

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Dyer, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

This site is a wonderful history lessons about the former kings & queens of the country & shows their living quarters & has a lovely view of the city. There are several local guides available to give you tours. I highly recommend this as you will get much more out of your visit. Good walking shoes will help navigate the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This UN World Heritage site preserves and celebrates the cultural and historical significance the Malagasy people attach to it. Foreign visitors who can appreciate that perspective will be moved by the experience, which is really what you come for. There are many guides ready to greet visitors at the entrance, and they speak many different languages. Ours spoke English well,... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Lovely little settlement up on a mountain. It is a world heritage site due to it having the original settlement of the king from some 200(ish) years ago. Interesting sights and a lovely view over Antananarivo from the top.

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Singapore, Singapore
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529 reviews 529 reviews
290 attraction reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The traffic is certainly pretty savage to get to this place, and despite only being about 25km from the centre of town the journey can take 90 minutes or more each way. The World Heritage Site itself is pretty small and less than an hour is required to wander around and also take in the views of the surrounding countryside.... More

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Ekaterinburg
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This place wasn't ineteresting for our family. Most things looks like not real historical artefacts. Foreigners should take a local guide for money and he will accompany you at small trip around old capital.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

While this place is out and lovely to visit you have to go thru hell to get there. Great views and we had a very good local guide that made the place very interesting.

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Hong Kong, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Well preserved King's fort and Queen's living areas, bit far from the city (1-2 hours) => taxi fare is high though entrance fee is low, English speaking guides available

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Valga, Estonia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We hired a car to get there and back. Looking around this royal settlement takes about 1,5 - 2 hours. We took a guide who spoke very good English. Also he had good knowledge of history and Madagascar. Inside the Kings house you get real feeling of simplicity of malagasy life. Behind the buildings is nice park and terrific view... More

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San Francisco
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107 reviews 107 reviews
22 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

A visit to the old capital of Ambohimanga is maybe the best thing to do if you have a day in Tana. As it is approximately 20 km NE of Tana, the operation takes half a day (but a taxi ride out and in again is cheap). A local guide will provide good information about the early days of Madagascar... More

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