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“Fascinating window on the past”
Review of Ambohimanga

Ambohimanga
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Owner description: The former royal capital and its palace on a steep hill offer stunning views overlooking rice terraces.
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Pick up a local guide and you'll get real value from your visit, far more than from the occasioanl sign boards and notes. You may possibly get access to some of the palace areas not normally open to visitors.
The palace of the king demonstrates just how constrained was the life of a powerful, conquering ruler - he lived in one room, cooked his own food in it for fear of being poisoned, hid on a shelf to try and learn if visitors were plotting against him, and his bed was on a platform up a ladder to protect against being assassinated by his guards.
His son was less fortunate. The prime monister did assassinate him, marry his first wife, then two of his other wives to hold power until ousted by the French.
The adjoining summer palace of the queen reflects the French influence, but also shows what a force Queen Victoria was and how Victorian taste influenced this island even though it was not part of the British Empire.
One tip for the ladies: the toilet in the palace grounds is a long drop, no paper and costs 200 Airies, so probably best avoided.

1  Thank famwag
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We took a taxi that took as there and waited for us for 80000 Ariary, but it is easy to get there using the taxi brousse.
We took a guide ( you can tip them, they are not suppposed to cost anything) who really knew Madagascar history.
Beauutiful place and good views.

1  Thank liditagomez2
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

It was interesting to find out how the olden days king and queens live. Their culture and history. It is like historical museum. Lovely the higher mountain view. Must climb staircase to reach the temple. The burial of the king and queen.

Thank Gomathy23
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Although a very small “palace”, it is worth a visit. Our guide was able to really help us visualize the customs and life of the Madagascar royalty — from zebu sacrifices to how to walk in to the King’s rooms properly. You must start on the right foot! It is lovely to walk from the palace down the road to the original stone gate that protected the castle. Enjoyed a quick bite of freshly made beignets from a street vendor.

Thank esemmes
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

If you like historical museums, Ambohimanga would be of interest to you. As we wandered through the rooms and levels, I found it insightful to know how kings and their families from times past had lived.

Thank Karen G
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