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Tombeau de Premier Ministre Rainiharo

  Tombeau de Premier Ministre Rainiharo (Av. Victoire Rassamanarivo, Antananarivo) – built between 1846 and 1854 by French industrialist Jean Laborde, this mausoleum was dedicated to the country’s former Prime Minister (and Field Mashall) Rainiharo, who served Queen Ranavalona I. Rainiharo passed away in 1852 and was buried here with full honors. This mausoleum would […]

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Rova of Antananarivo

  Rova of Antananarivo (45 Rue du Docteur Villette, Isoraka 101) — sitting on the mountain Analamanga (1,480 meters above sea level), the Rova of Antananarivo (or Rova Manjakamiadana in the Malagasy language) offers a stunning 360-degree view of the capital Antananarivo (or “Tana” for short) and its 12 cherished hills. In the company of […]

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Queen’s Palace

Queen’s Palace (101 Lalana Ramboatiana, Antananarivo) — the Rova of Antananarivo is a royal palace complex in Madagascar that served as the home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th century (such as Queen […]

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Pirates Museum

Pirates Museum (103 Rue de Liège, 4th Floor, Tsaralalàna, Antananarivo 101) — located 200 meters from the central railway station, the Pirates Museum tells elaborate stories of old Madagascar. 300 years ago, pirates discovered the uncolonized island which became their secret hideout land. Explore the enchanting artifacts which depict the history of Madagascar. Free admission. […]

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Musée de la Photographie de Madagascar

  Musée de la Photographie de Madagascar (Rue Andriamanalina Ravelomanantsoa, Derrière l’Etat major, Antananarivo 101) — Just a short walk down from the former Queen’s Palace of Manjakamiadana, the first museum of photography is a real innovation for the capital city of Madagascar. The gallery represents various photography collection showing the history of Madagascar through […]

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Musée de l’Art et de Archéologie

Musée de l’Art et de Archéologie (17 Rue du Docteur Vilette, Isoraka, Antananarivo 101) – located in the capital’s Isoraka district, this is a fascinating attraction established in 1970 and curated by the University of Antananarivo. It houses the ethnographic and archaeological artifacts unearthed at the island’s many excavation sites. The collection totals some 7,000 […]

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Maison de Jean Laborde

  Maison de Jean Laborde (Mantasoa) – located 60 km. east of the capital, is the home of the Frenchman Jean Laborde (1805-1878) who became a prominent industrialist in Madagascar during the 19th century. As an architect, Laborde also built the Queen’s Palace in the capital. Laborde’s industrial pursuits on the island made Mantasoa a […]

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Lac Anosy

  Lac Anosy (Rue Ramahatra, Antananarivo) – this is a heart-shaped man-made lake located in the old downtown district of the capital. In the middle of this lake is the Monument aux Morts — erected in 1927 and was dedicated to the victims of World War I (including Malagasy soldiers who died fighting on behalf […]

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Eglise Catholique Faravohitra

Eglise Catholique Faravohitra (Antananarivo) — like the upper town, Faravohitra (“the last village”) preserves the traces of the city’s past, where you can still admire the elegant Romanesque mansions of the English missionaries and the Malagasy aristocracy. This church was built brick by brick by a Reunion Jesuit at the turn of the 20th century […]

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Cimetiere des Pirates / Pirate Cemetary

Cimetiere des Pirates / Pirate Cemetary (outskirts of Ambodifotatra, Île Sainte Marie island) – normally, tourists don’t go out of their way to visit cemeteries. This may be a worthy exception. Just outside of Ambodifotatra, a small dirt road leads to a jungle overgrown path. Follow it, and you will come across this cemetery with […]