The Rova of Antananarivo, Antananarivo (must see)
Located in the central highland city of Antananarivo, the Rova occupies the highest point on Analamanga, formerly the highest of Antananarivo's many hills. Merina king Andrianjaka, who ruled Imerina from around 1610 until 1630, is believed to have captured Analamanga from a Vazimba king around 1610 or 1625 and erected the site's first fortified royal structure. Over time, the number of buildings within the site varied. Andrianjaka founded the Rova with three buildings and a dedicated tomb site in the early 17th century.
Manjakamiadana was built in two stages. The original palace, built between 1839 and 1840 on the orders of Ranavalona I, was built entirely in wood by Jean Laborde. On the night of 6 November 1995, a fire broke out in the Rova compound, destroying or severely damaging all of its buildings. The original exterior of Manjakamiadana comprised over 70,000 granite stones, of which approximately 20,000 had become cracked during the fire and needed replacement.
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The Rova of Antananarivo on Map
Sight Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar (See walking tours in Antananarivo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:
Walking Tours in Antananarivo, Madagascar
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles