Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

Rova - Le Palais de la Reine
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Karen D
Oxford, Canada86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The history here at the Queen's Palace was almost overwhelming! Be sure to hire a good guide from INSIDE the gates.....they work on tips alone so be generous. Our guide, John or Herijaona. spoke very clear English and was a wealth of information. He had his historic dates, names of royalty and events down pat. Some of the nice guys outside the gates, will try to tell you they are sanctioned guides but they are not. We mostly declined because their English was not very good but you have to give them kudos for trying. This country has had a rough time of it for decades and people are trying to make ends meet, anyway they can.
It's taken many years to bring this historic site back to life....I believe it is a Unesco World Heritage site or soon to be named....
Well worth a visit.
Written February 6, 2024
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DudesAdrift
Dallas, TX328 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Cool looking building with interesting history. Gates locked, no admittance. Photographs not permitted. This made it a lame tourist attraction. An example of how Madagascar has not yet figured out how to attract and serve tourism.
Written December 5, 2022
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Ronald_jelle
The Hague, The Netherlands2,622 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
I have been to the palace twice, once in september 2010, then i took a guide and now i went alone... There isn't much to see... there doesn't seem to be much renovation going on but still your not allowed to enter the palace garden or the skeleton of the former palace, so much more than walking around the building you can't really do. The hill offers a nice view, but it would have been really good if you could see Tana from the palace garden... now it's like visitting any other hill in Tana.

Next to it there is the building of the most important prime minister, which is a palace in itself, in it you have a museum with all the royal posessions that survived the fire, but your out in max 20 minutes and it's collection is not really impressive, further more the building needs urgent repairs.

I hope one day they will finish the restauration of the palace and open it , plus the gardens, to the public, then it is something worth visitting, but now I would skip it if i were you.

Sorry to say so for all the guides that are there hoping to earn a penny, but for now this is something if you want to get out of your hotel and just stretch your legs....
Written August 4, 2011
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GlobeSurferZA
Johannesburg, South Africa42 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
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 a fortune of money to restore this place, but this was never done - the money was probably used to line the fat pockets of some corrupt Malagasy politician, and no restoration has taken place. The building is nothing but an empty shell, although the guide helpfully showed me pictures of how it used to look before the fire.

Nevertheless, the visit was interesting, and the guide gave quite a bit of background on Malagasy religion and culture. What was particularly distressing was the story of how, when a Malagasy child is circumcised, the grandfather symbolically eats the foreskin, together with a banana to enhance the taste, to "welcome" the child into the world.

Everything went well until the end of the visit, when I gave Lolo his tip, equivalent to double the entrance fee. Such a tip was gladly accepted by my guide at the wonderful Lemurs Park and by my taxi driver from the airport. Greedy Lolo, however, was having none of it, and he launched into a tirade, reprimanding me and berating me for DARING to offer him such a tiny tip. He demanded 15 Euros from me for guiding me around some ruin, and I found his behaviour appalling. In the end I was forced to give him all the money I had on me - guilt trips and daylight robbery. Lolo, you ruined my visit and I hope other travellers will think twice before using you as a guide.
Written August 17, 2015
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nicholas169
Elgin, UK152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
I fully underestimated the importance of visiting this derelict building until I returned to Tana after 3 weeks in Madagascar.The palace is on top of a hill with excellent views of the city and even though we suffered the end of their bad rains it was refreshing to be out of the turmoil of the city.We took time to select a guide and after we had he controlled the hassle and spoke well in english about their wicked queen and walked us through the palace which is waiting for the finance to return for renovation as it was stopped when their DJ took power to run their country.There is no need to judge but the people live their lives and the government theirs and there is no doubt that this palace represents how Madagascar has evolved.The queen would roll people off cliffs wrapped in leaves and decapitate.She was cruel and as you travel Madagascar her legacy is still with the people.Below the Rova is the pm,s old house now a museum again waiting to be renovated.We were the only visitors side stepping the plaster that had fallen and smelling the damp.Visit these sites and allow the presence of history to touch you and help create
an insight into the people of Madagascar .

Even if it does not touch you in the way it did for us then it is a magnificent building with excellent views already showing the quality of work that will be there once the money returns. A good day out to help you adjust to a new country.As a bonus the walk down the hill takes you to haut ville ,the jewellery district and past an excellent pattisserie shop called the royal patisserie.The chocolate cake was truly magnificent.

My advice is go and don't judge too harshlyYou may leave disappointed but just allow the building to create part of the story of the people and I believe over time you will like me see the attraction as having immense value.I was moved.
Written May 8, 2013
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Monterey
Cape Town Central, South Africa976 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Really very interesting and Very lovely view
I have been around 3 times always happy to see the nice 360• degree view from the top ans to know about the history
Written December 11, 2019
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Anabela P
La Plata, Argentina46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Business
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!
Written December 9, 2015
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eek-i-saw-a-mouse
Cheltenham, UK497 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
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 a lot of stories and history of the palace (not 100% it was all accurate!) There is just a shell left after the original wooden structure was burnt down - and he did take us inside and climbing up wooden steps (all very unsafe looking !) and the views were lovely. All was ok - until he insisted that we should pay him a tip in our own currency and that he wanted £50. A lot of bartering went on and he eventually accepted £5 plus a few thousand Ar. We use a fair few guide during our time n Madagascar and this was the only time we found them to be pushy or ungrateful for the tips we offered. We did walk back to our hotel in the dark - which in hindsight I think is a bad idea as I felt very uncomfortable - and our driver the next day insisted that we drove through Tana with the car windows closed as pickpockets are such a big problem.
Written November 25, 2015
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incahueca
Geneva, Switzerland365 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
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 empty "palace" from outside and the view over Tana is even better from the road below! So, forget this overrated place.
Written November 17, 2014
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SEs
London, UK25,915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014
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.
Written October 4, 2014
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