Ambohimanga, Antananarivo

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Set the most important political and spiritual seat of the Malagasy Merina people at Ambohimanga, a fortified royal palace and a World Heritage Site. Originally built in the 15th century atop one of the twelve sacred hills, the current complex was fortified in 1740-1745. Royal buildings, burial grounds, and ritual complexes are accessed through an impressive entrance gate closed by rolling a 12-ton stone disc that serves as a door. See a sacred forest with many endemic species inside this best preserved pre-colonial monument in Madagascar. Tour walls, alleys and gateways, climb watchtowers, and see the granite seat of judicial power under an ancient fig tree. Add Ambohimanga and other attractions to your Antananarivo trip itinerary using our Antananarivo trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • We visited this historic site accompanied by a guide who brought us a lot of information about the customs and customs of successive kings and queens. The place is embellished with photos, objects... To visit without hesitation
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  • The enclosure presents itself as a fortress, with a beautiful door; with round stone to close it, inside, the king's palace, the country house of queens, tombs, and beautiful landscapes ... ending with a nice, budget lunch; Small terrace with beautiful panoramic view
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  • We left Tana at 8:30 am to start our drive to Ambohimanga. We were on a multiple day tour across Madagascar with eSpace Mada and came for a visit before our afternoon flight. Traffic in Tana is bad. T...  more »
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  • Great Madagascar history. Kings palace. Enjoyed my time there
  • Pleasant one day trip from Tana. In addition to the Interesting history lesson given by the guides, you can also choose to go for a little hikes (there are three circuits to choose from)
  • Great for a short hiking up the sacred hill on top of which stand the original royal palace/hut of the most respected of the Merina kings. Near the palace there is a rock formation that offers a panoramic view of the city of Antananarivo. Beautiful place to see.
  • I found the Queens' Palace quite interesting. We had a very knowledgeable guide who shared many interesting facts about the buildings, culture and lifestyle of the monarchs. If you're in interested in learning about pre-colonial Madgascar this is definitely a place to visit.
  • Best place for weekend
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