Rova of Antananarivo Tourist Attraction

Rova of Antananarivo

Native: Rova Manjakamiadana

The Palace Rova (or Rova Manjakamiadana in Malagasy language) recreated after a fire is a former Royal Palace in Antananarivo.

The Palace complex is situated at the altitude of 1480 m above sea level on the mountain Analamanga. That site was occupied by local chieftains in the early seventeenth century. Fortifications on the mountain were constantly reconstructed. By the 1800, the height of Analamanga was reduced by 9 m in order to increase the area of the complex.

The erection of the wooden Palace began only in the 1820s. It was subsequently faced with stone. For a long time, the buildings of the complex were the only stone buildings of Antananarivo, as their erection was forbidden by the local Queen Ranavalona I. In the 1860-ies, Ranavalona II converted to Christianity, after that, a stone king's chapel was added to the Royal complex.

Rova of Antananarivo served as a Royal residence up to the establishment of the French colony in Madagascar in 1896. In 1995, on the eve of its planned inclusion in the world heritage list, the Palace burned down during a political demonstration. To date, it is risen from the ashes.


Antananarivo, Madagascar
18° 55′ 22.8″ S, 47° 31′ 55.2″ E

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