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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, Madagascar

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a site of cultural and historical significance in Madagascar that has also been recognised as a World Heritage Site. The site is located about 24 km to the east of Antananarivo, the capital.


House of King Andrianampoinimerina Ambohimanga, Madagascar
House of King Andrianampoinimerina Ambohimanga, Madagascar
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The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a sacred royal site. This houses the ancient walled city where the kings of Madagascar lived for the past 500 years. Royal burial sites are also located within Ambohimanga. As such, it is a place of great significance to Madagascar.

Royal Hill of Ambohimanga was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 25th session of the World Heritage Committee in Helsinki, Finland, 11 - 16 December, 2001.


Entrance to village at Ambohimanga, Madagascar
Entrance to village at Ambohimanga, Madagascar
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The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga preserved for posterity how Malagasy society was like in ancient times. The top of the hill is a fortified royal enclosure called rova. This is where the rulers lived. It has the royal garden and palace complex. The forested parts of the hill are kept as they are for practical and spiritual reasons.

At the base of the royal hill, the land is cleared so that agriculture supporting the monarch and its people can be conducted. This includes the hill slopes where terraces are carved for farming. This was the appearance of a Malagasy feudal society from the 15th century onwards.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S18 45 33.012 E47 33 46.008
Inscription Year: 2001
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV, VI
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