An incredible renaissance for the Rova of Antananarivo

monument - art and culture
An incredible renaissance for the Rova of Antananarivo

Official residence of the Malagasy rulers in the 19th century, the Rova of Antananarivo opens the door to another era on the highest hills of the city.

An immense stone residence, the Rova of Antananarivo dazzles the Malagasy capital with a glorious past based on the kings of Madagascar. Built according to the plans of French architect Jean Laborde, the residence was first built in wood, with stone reserved for the foundation and tombs. It was then covered, two decades later, by British designer James Cameron. As centuries passed, the establishment added on a Protestant temple, several pavilions and a triumphal arch topped with a sparrow hawk at the entrance.

On the 6th of November 1995, a violent fire broke out in the monument with such unique architecture – a national trauma engraved in the memories of locals. It was not until 2012 that it opened its doors to the public again, eager to discover the fruit of many years of restoration. Take the time to visit and learn more about its history and fascinating architecture. The viewpoint overlooking the city is equally remarkable.

Rova of Antananarivo
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