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“Not worthwhile going out of your way to visit”
Review of Ambohimanga

Ambohimanga
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Antananarivo Tour with Lemur Park and Ambohimanga Palace
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Owner description: The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
Ottawa, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Not worthwhile going out of your way to visit”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

There is not much to see at the Royal Palace other than the view from the top of the hill. It is not worthwhile going out of your way to visit nor is it worth the entrance fee unless you have an special interest.

Visited July 2012
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Paris
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Interesting but not much to see”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

A bit far from the city , but taxis can take you there. Not much to see, it is interesting though.

Visited May 2012
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BLAYE
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7 reviews
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“It was the King's Summer Palace, intereesting drive to the place because of numerous typical and lovely villages.”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

The entrance gateway is very original with its huge wheellike lock flat stone. Inside the Palace: the royal stone bath, the wooden Palace which holds ancient remainents of royal clothing, and old pots and pans. The royal grave where local people worship their King and ancestor spirits.

Visited November 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fascinating visit”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

be prepared for slow drive through almost stationary traffic to get to this site, but once there really interesting tour with excellent guide explaining the culture and traditions of the last king and queen's. No photos allowed actually inside either palaces. Fascinating insight into rapid change within 100 years of exposure to western influence yet the old practices including animal sacrifice seem to still be continued

Visited May 2012
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Go in the evening for views over the valley of Antananarivo”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

This is a low key attraction with a decidedly southeast asian feel to the buildings, complemented with some late 19th century influence. The long historical connection with the Kings and Queens of the Merina people, and Madagascar, can be felt. There are splendid trees in the grounds surrounding modest royal buildings. You can enter some of them and so understand the traditional Malagasy house layout which was used by Royalty as well as the common people. Prime Ministers seem to have had duties to the Queen that exceeded their political role.

If you go in the afternoon, there will be long views over the hauts Plateaux and Tana. In the rainy season, there is every chance of a splendid thunderstorm and crackling lightning to be viewed from this high and once sacred spot.

Visited April 2012
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