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Address: 23 km north of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Phone Number: 00248323422
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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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What a wonderful and amazing location. Really enjoyed the Anjary bus ride to the country side in a different atmosphere

This place is worth visiting. If you haven't, make sure you do so on your next visit. It was my third visit this year to this place since I've been coming to Madagascar. Me and my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Victoria, Îles Seychelles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This place is worth visiting. If you haven't, make sure you do so on your next visit. It was my third visit this year to this place since I've been coming to Madagascar. Me and my group really enjoyed our visit there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Ambohimanga is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is interesting to visit and you learn a lot about the history of the country. However, depending on traffic it can take quite awhile to get there. If you are short on time, there is a replica of the king's palace but not the queen's palace and baths at the Rova in... More 

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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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Miami, Florida
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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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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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Köln, Deutschland
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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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