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Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

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Address: Antananarivo, Madagascar

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A grand structure but it's the view that's worth it

The palace is grand and beautiful. As others have said it is atop a hill and unless driving one ought to be in the most comfortable of shoes. Until the restoration is complete... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The palace is grand and beautiful. As others have said it is atop a hill and unless driving one ought to be in the most comfortable of shoes. Until the restoration is complete, the most spectacular things about this palace are the structure itself and the view of the entire city of Tana. Of note, when viewing the City from... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Excellent historical site under renovation but all accessible apart form interior of palace proper but there are lots to see. The guides are excellent and explain the history clearly - There is more to Madagascar than animals it is important to understand the Madagascan peoples culture as well

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Köln, Deutschland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The former Queen's Palace up on a hill in Tana has got great views, a lovely little church and an imposing palace structure. After a fire and the recent restructure there's nothing inside the former palace but it's still pretty grand and imposing! A must see in Tana.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

after the brurning down of the wood structure it is more or less a ruin. better still is to go to the old palace (20 min taxi ride) negotiate the price of a tour guide before he starts .. and stick to it in the end...

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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

After a steep walk high to the "palace", you arrive near it. Suddenly , several "guides" almost jump on you. Of course, they will ask for 10'000 for the entrance fee + another 10'000 for the guiding. This is a lot of money for the very little you can see. I would call it a scam. You can view the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It is not well maintained and below standards for international tourist attractions. It is located on top of a hill with a good view' it costs little to get in. Instead, spend your time with the lemurs and baobab trees.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Really not much to see in Tana, so this gives you a good ride around town (assuming you have a driver and aren't foolish enough to drive here on your own) and up the tallest hill in the area. Excellent overview of the sprawl that is considered Tana, plus a guide will explain the history and mythology of the city... More 

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Siggiewi, Malta
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I thought it may be something special and paid a guide for 20 minutes the money I normally pay for a half day guide. I was a fool!!! Don't bother to go there. Look at it from a distance, it won't change when you get upfront.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 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. Also I had a non-English speaking person who wanted to be my guide. I made it very clear I wanted an English speaking guide, and I got one, but the other one also trailed us for half... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

You must visit this old Madsgascars Queens palace.One of the few palaces outside of Europe.This palace is negelected.The building is Majestic.A very good view of Tana.You will take less than an hour to visit.Beware of touts and beggers.Visit only with a guide or a local.Best is a guide.

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