Ambohimanga, Antananarivo

#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Madagascar
Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • The traffic was so bad that for a while we thought of giving it up. But, I'm glad we didn't. This historical site is preserved as well as it can be. The guide is kind, knowledgeable and straight...  more »
  • Don't miss this place! It's near Tana (although "near" is relative since traffic is so bad) and a really important cultural/historic site. Our fantastic guide was really knowledgable about the...  more »
  • I recommend a visit here to the country palace of the Marina king. It is a haven of peace outside of Tana. The buildings are interesting and they hold some artifacts and furnishings. The guide tells interesting history. There are also tombs of king and queens. The end gives you a fantastic view of the countryside. It was well worth the trip.
  • Considered one of the country’s most sacred spots by the Malagasy people for 500 years, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a historical village that was once home to Madagascar royalty. The wall that surrounds the village was made in 1847 and was constructed with a mortar made of lime and egg whites. The Mahandrihono compound includes the former home of King Andrianampoinimerina, with walls made of solid rosewood, and artifacts of the island’s great king, including drums, weapons and talismans.
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