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Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

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Address: , Antananarivo, Madagascar
Phone Number: 00248323422
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Ar5,000 to get in and then Ar10,000 for a mandatory guide. Palace is under reconstruction following a fire in 1995, so all you will see is the outside of the palace and the royal... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Windsor, England, United Kingdom
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Pattaya, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The place has burned down in 1990s, so all what they have left for you is a restored exterior, burned remains of other buildings and an annoying compulsory guide's briefing on Madagascar history... The only reason to go there is that this is the highest point o0f Antananarivo, so you can see the whole city bird view

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Windsor, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Ar5,000 to get in and then Ar10,000 for a mandatory guide. Palace is under reconstruction following a fire in 1995, so all you will see is the outside of the palace and the royal chapel: everything else is cordoned off. The palace is built on the highest point of Antananarivo, so there are spectacular views over the city from the... More 

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Must visit for all. A beautiful place, clean and tidy with history written in every fragment. One has to explore the place with a Guide and ask him questions which they patiently answer. From the views of the city with every hill telling a different story, a bird-eye's view of all the attractions and the progression of time, conquests, wins,... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I went to this Rova palace this morning and gladly paid the entrance fee, together with a guide to take me around. This guy's name was Lolo and he didn't speak English, but fortunately my French is good, so he guided me around the complex, most of which was destroyed by a fire in a political crisis. Apparently UNESCO donated... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Sadly, none of the original structures remain, and what you see are just reconstructed shells; the main palace still unfinished due to political/budget incompetence. But it's still worth a visit just for the view up there, where you can get great panoramas of the city, and if you can haggle down a guide, there's some interesting history around the place.

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Port Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I feel so sorry for the people who have to live in this town and make a living here. The locals are lovely but this is a desparate place. My hotel did not inform me that most of the 'attractions' in Tana were closed on a Sunday but they were happy to charge me 45 Euros for a non-English speaking... More 

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zamboanga city
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is definitely worth a visit from a historical point of view. A guided tour from a Chinese-looking, Indian-accented local Malagasy tourist guide. I know that the palce itself is a shell- almost worthless but it has a centuries old and colorful history. It is a great starting point to learn an overview of Madagascar and the stunning scenery below... More 

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

This is the third times I visited this amazing place. The guide was very fluent, well versed about the place and its history. It was so interesting that we spent half a day at this place. It was worthwhile. A place you should not miss during your visit to Tana

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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We got an English Speaking guide from the gate,although his English was rudimentary. It was interesting to learn a bit of the history of Madagascar but there was little to see apart from a wonderful 360 view.The whole site was burned down over 10 years ago so what you see is a reconstruction that is as yet incomplete.

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calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

A guided tour at the Rova provides an interesting perspective on the history of Madagascar. Unfortunately renovations of the Queen's Palace have not been completed since the fire a number of years ago. There is a replica of the king's palace at Ambohimanga if you can't make it to the Unesco World Heritage site.

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