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Madagascar.JPG thumbnail The colonial French Residency serves today as a presidential office and has been renamed the Ambohitsorohitra Palace. The French military invaded Antananarivo (French Madagascar) in September 1894, prompting the queen's surrender after a cannon shell blasted a hole through a building at the Rova, causing major casualties. The damage was never repaired. Andohalo square was remodeled to feature a gazebo, walkways and planted landscaping. Claiming the island as a colony, the French administration retained Antananarivo as its capital and transcribed its name as Tananarive. WikiPedia:Antananarivo Commons:Category:Antananarivo

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French The nation's most prestigious dance school, ''K'art Antanimena'', is located in Antananarivo. Other major dance schools based in the city include '' Le Club de Danse de l'Université Catholique de Madagascar'', ''Club de danse Kera arts'space à Antanimena'' and ''Le Club Mills''. Health and sanitation In general, availability and quality of health care is better in Antananarivo than elsewhere in Madagascar, although it remains inadequate

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to South American Inka Cola. Excellent if you mix it with a little bit of THB. You may be presented with this when asking for ''limonade''. * betsa-betsa - alcohol made from coconut water. Stronger than beer but not quite as potent as hard liquor. * Litchel (or Vin Litchi in French) - lychee wine. Some brands are off-dry and quite nice, others are sickeningly sweet. * Saint Claude - a local brand of rum with a hint of vanilla. Sleep If you are merely overnighting in Tana while traveling

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accessdate 15 January 2011 the queen ruled from the royal Rova compound (Rova of Antananarivo) in Antananarivo. Between 1839 and 1842, Jean Laborde built the queen a new residence called Manjakamiadana, which was to become the largest structure on the Rova grounds. The residence was made entirely from wood and bore most of the features of a traditional ''andriana'' home, including a central pillar (''andry'') to support the roof; in other ways it showcased distinctly

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phone tollfree fax hours price €7 for two courses and drink content Lovely veg meal with tofu. Perhaps a bit pricey. Drink * Lots of bottled water (no tap water!), the main brand is Pura Vida, relatively expensive, with a 1.5l bottle costs about 3000 ariary (~£1) * THB (Three Horses Beer). Multi-awarded beer. * Madagascar wine - variable but so much cheaper than the alternative (imported French wine). * Bonbon Anglais - very sweet, bubble gum tasting soft drink, similar


language French title Patrimoine – La première phase des travaux terminée: Le "rova" renaît de ses cendres newspaper Le Quotidien de la Réunion et de l'Océan Indien location Antananarivo, Madagascar The city skyline is a jumble of colorful, historic houses and churches. More recent residential and commercial buildings and family rice fields occupy lower terrain throughout the capital. The Betsimitatatra and other rice fields surround the city. The city's neighborhoods emerge from historic ethnic, religious and caste divisions. The assignment of certain neighborhoods to particular noble sub-castes under the Kingdom of Imerina established divisions; the highest ranking nobles were typically assigned to neighborhoods closest to the royal palace and were required to live in higher elevation portions of the city. WikiPedia:Antananarivo Commons:Category:Antananarivo

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left alt thick, dark brown rolls of peanut pate wrapped in banana leaves Vendors in Antananarivo, Madagascar sell koba, a sweet (Confectionery) made from ground peanuts, sugar and rice flour '''Toamasina''' , meaning "like salt" or "salty", unofficially and in French (French language) also '''Tamatave''', is a city (commune urbaine) on the east coast of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean. The city is the chief


publisher Confederation of African Rugby accessdate 8 December 2013 Several soccer teams are also based in Antananarivo; AS Adema Analamanga and Ajesaia are associated with the Analamanga region; USCA Foot is associated with the CUA and the AS Saint Michel has been affiliated since 1948 with the historic secondary school of the same name. All four teams train and play local games in Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, the largest sporting venue in the country. The men's basketball teams Challenger and SOE (''Équipe du Stade olympique de l'Emyrne'') are based in Antananarivo and play in the ''Palais des Sports'' at Mahamasina. WikiPedia:Antananarivo Commons:Category:Antananarivo


'''Antananarivo''' ( above the sea level in the center of the island, and has been the island's largest population center since at least the 18th century. Antananarivo was historically the capital of the Merina people, who continue to form the majority of the city's estimated 2.1 million (2013) inhabitants. All 18 Malagasy ethnic groups (Malagasy people), as well as residents of Chinese (Chinese people in Madagascar), Indian (Indians in Madagascar), European (French people in Madagascar) and other origins, are well represented in the city. Antananarivo is the political, economic, educational and cultural heart of Madagascar. The Presidency (President of Madagascar), National Assembly (National Assembly of Madagascar), Senate (Senate of Madagascar) and Supreme Court (Supreme Court of Madagascar) are located here, as are 21 diplomatic missions (List of diplomatic missions in Madagascar) and the headquarters of many national and international businesses and NGOs. Antananarivo also hosts the largest number of universities, nightclubs, art venues, medical services and other social service institutions of any city on the island. Several national and local sports teams, including the championship-winning national rugby (Rugby union in Madagascar) team, the Makis, and several basketball and football teams, are based in Antananarivo.

Antananarivo was founded from about 1610 to 1625, when the Merina king Andrianjaka (1612–1630) expelled the Vazimba inhabitants of the village of Analamanga (Twelve sacred hills of Imerina#Hill of Analamanga) at the highest meeting point of two forested ridges rising above the surrounding highland plains. Declaring it the site of his capital, Andrianjaka built a ''rova (Rova (Madagascar))'' (fortified royal dwelling) that expanded to become the royal palaces (Rova of Antananarivo) of the Kingdom of Imerina. According to oral history, he deployed a garrison of 1,000 soldiers to capture and guard the site; the hill and its city retained the name Analamanga until the reign of King Andriamasinavalona (1675–1710), who renamed it Antananarivo ("City of the Thousand") in honor of Andrianjaka's soldiers. The city served as the capital of the Kingdom of Imerina from its founding until 1710, when Imerina split into four warring quadrants. Antananarivo was declared the capital of the southern quadrant; it remained thus until King Andrianampoinimerina of Ambohimanga captured the province and restored its role as capital of a united Kingdom of Imerina in 1794. His diplomatic and military successes extended Imerina far beyond its traditional borders, bringing the lands of neighboring ethnic groups under Merina control. These conquests were continued under his son, Radama I, whose control ultimately extended over two thirds of the island, leading him to be considered the King of Madagascar by European diplomats, with Antananarivo as the island's capital. Antananarivo remained the island's capital after Madagascar was colonized by the French (French Madagascar) in 1897 and remained thus after independence in 1960.

Antananarivo has expanded gradually from the royal palaces at its center, which dominate every view from their location at the peak of a curving ridge above the surrounding Betsimitatatra plains. In the 17th century, the plains were transformed into paddy fields to meet the population's need for rice; they were covered with housing developments as the city's population grew rapidly in the 20th century. Around the palaces, which were destroyed in a 1995 fire but have since been partially reconstructed, lies the historic district that was formerly populated by members of the ''andriana'' (noble class); many of their homes are preserved. The Analakely valley at the base of the ridge was the site of a Friday market established in the 18th century that, until being discontinued in 1997 due to traffic congestion, was considered the largest open air market in the world. This neighborhood was further developed under French rule and continues to serve as the capital's economic heart. The city is managed by the ''Commune Urbaine d'Antananarivo'' (CUA) under the direction of its President of the Special Delegation (Special delegation (France)), Ny Havana Andriamanjato, appointed in March 2014. Limited funds and mismanagement have hampered consecutive CUA efforts to manage overcrowding and traffic, waste management, pollution, security, public water and electricity, and other challenges linked to explosive population growth. Major historic landmarks and attractions in the city include the reconstructed royal palaces and the Andafiavaratra Palace, the tomb of Rainiharo, Tsimbazaza Zoo, Mahamasina Stadium, Lake Anosy, four 19th-century martyr cathedrals (Christianity in Madagascar), and the Museum of Art and Archaeology (University of Madagascar's Museum of Art and Archaeology).

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