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Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

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Address: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Phone Number: 00248323422
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We went to the Rova in November, I have been years ago before it burnt down and wouldn't have gone again but I went for the sake of a friend who was visiting and in awe of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
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Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
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37 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to the Rova in November, I have been years ago before it burnt down and wouldn't have gone again but I went for the sake of a friend who was visiting and in awe of everything. We had a good guide, the banter was casual and humorous, the history is fascinating, and the renovations look amazing. The old... More 

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The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As tourist you need to pay 10.000 MGA. They will ask if you want a guide. The guide will always ask for a tip. Stay firm in your price, because they will always ask for a insane price. I would advise you to walk towards the Palace. Like that you enjoy the sight of Antananarivo. At the Palace you can... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As we approached in the rain to this palatial shell (firemen didn't save this treasure in time so it's now an exterior shell), voracious drunk guides insisted that we couldn't get admission without a mandatory guide. We passed as neither the weather (nor the company) were great, but it looks like a grand building and a great view. It would... More 

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Lusaka, Zambia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Not much to see inside, but worth snapping a pic from the gate. Nice driving through the upper, old town.

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1 Thank CheapianoZam
Mowbray, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The palace dominates over the city, so the views from around the grounds are great. Our guide pointed out the various neighborhoods throughout the city and things important to Tana such as the university. The guide also gave a great background to the palace and other structures, as well as the general culture during different periods. Some of the wood... More 

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La Plata, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Really nice views, I made the visit with a group, and we take our own guide...many sellers around (like any other place in Tana). Use to be hot, take your own bottle of water with you!

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Gloucester. UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

As we were staying at the Lokanga just a short walk away we visited the palace at sunset. A local guide spotted us in the street and started making small talk (football related) and was quite forceful about showing us around. We paid the small entrance fee - and to be fair his English was pretty good and he told... More 

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Llanasa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This palace was destroyed by fire and the rebuilding work stalled due to funding so is nothing but a shell. Guides are mandatory and cost more than the guidebooks suggest but worth visiting for an hour especially to watch the sun set over Tana

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The stone shell around the wooden palace is all that remains after the fire; it is still nice to walk around the grounds, especially if you're killing time because you're stuck in the city due to Air Madagascar.

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Accra, Ghana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

The Rova in itself is not that much to see, as it was burned down recently... nevertheless, the stories about the King's Room, the social structure of the Royal Family, etc is amazing (I won't destroy the experience by saying more - but it was one of the most amazing social structures i have heard of)

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