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Address: 23 km North of Antananarivo, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar
Phone Number: 00248323422
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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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The Royal Hill near Antananarivo

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a bit underwhelming for someone used to "royal" implying "extravagant and pompous". Once you get past the preconceptions, it is quite interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a bit underwhelming for someone used to "royal" implying "extravagant and pompous". Once you get past the preconceptions, it is quite interesting to learn about the local Malagasy royal system and traditions. The royal hill consists of tombs and royal residences of different ages. The old residence is a single room, double height dwelling... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance fee only applies to the very top of the hill-fort .It's best to start from the bottom and walk up, the landscape is delightful, and there are many ancient fortifications that you may otherwise miss - the Kings gate is excellent! It's well worth spending the day there and grabbing lunch in one of the village cafes/restaurants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the original kingdom's palace and grounds. While technically it is a palace, it is very modest compared to its European contemporaries, which make it all the more interesting.

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Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Perhaps one of the few points of interest around, and as one other reviewer put it "UNESCO sites are usually a pretty good bet". Unlike most other UNESCO sites, this one charges an admission fee; which is approximately $3.50 for foreigners versus $0.10 for local nationals. I'm never a fan of differential pricing, but lest I digress. I found it... More 

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

I liked this palace even more from the Rova in the city, it might be approx. 1 hour far from Tana but it is situated in a very nice green environment. includes some nice furniture and our local guide was very explanatory and spoke English very well, it was a short young lady, sorry I do not remember her name... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

A good guide makes all the difference. We came with our own; and the place was overrun by school kids - but it was still very enjoyable.

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Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I was picked up at my hotel at 9am by John (my guide) and driver and was driven to the Ambohimanga’s Palace, which is built on one of the 12 sacred hills surrounding Antananarivo, located about 20 km from Antananarivo. It is also known as the Blue hill (as John explained, blue is the colour of goodness for the Malagasy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Site of the historic home of the kings/queens of Madagascar as well as later French colonial addition. As well as great views of Antananarivo

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Views are amazing. A good guide can educate you here on the history of Madagascar which we had: Tolotra from GMT+3. But beware. It is not an easy climb to the top but just just take it slow.

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Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

The great staff combined with the fascinating history of Ambohimanga make it a worthwhile visit. It's a drive out of town to get there, but the tour around the old royal palaces is fascinating, although, some of it is a bit unbelievable. Lovely old buildings, a few remnant pieces of furniture and artefacts, and a beautiful view. Go in the... More 

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