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The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga

Royal Hill of Ambohimanga © Olivier Lejade
Royal Hill of Ambohimanga © Olivier Lejade

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is the ruined remnant of the 15th century Madagascan kingdom. Located just 12 miles (20km) from Antananarivo, the Hill features a ruined royal city, several royal tombs and numerous holy sites. This spiritual attraction is widely lauded as the premier symbol of the cultural identity of the Madagascan people. It is still a place of worship to both locals and foreigners. Set in lush green countryside overlooking a rice paddy, visitors can explore the burial grounds, historic village and palace complex. The palace itself houses artefacts which include gifts from Queen Victoria.

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Telephone: +261 20 22 661 15

Opening times: Open daily 6am-6pm