"Tana" Top 5 Page for this destination Antananarivo by nepalgoods

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I always felt a bit overrated by the Top 5 for my antananarivo-page, I now did some research to give you more detailed informations about this fascinating city:

Antananarivo formerly TANANARIVE, town and national capital of Madagascar, central Madagascar island. It was founded in the 17th century and was the capital of the Hova chiefs. It stands on a high hill. Avenues and flights of steps lead up to a rocky ridge (4,694 feet [1,431 m]) on which stands the Royal Estate, with towered palaces built by the Imerina kings who captured the town in 1794 and ruled until the end of the 19th century. Below are banks and administrative buildings and lower still the commercial quarter. Public buildings include the French Residency and the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals; and there are research institutes, an observatory, and the Bibliothèque Nationale. The University of Madagascar was founded there in 1961.

The local people call their city shortly TANA

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  • In a nutshell:Tana is the heart of Madagaskar!
  • Last visit to Antananarivo: Feb 1998
  • Intro Updated Nov 27, 2004
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    interesting little page

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2006 at 2:31 AM

    Nice little page with very useful hotel tip.. Local markets are always interesting. It's a pity that many local animals are difficult find in wildlife.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2006 at 9:53 PM

    Thank you for sharing the special atmosphere of Tana!

  • Purpleshade's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2006 at 5:49 PM

    Thanks for visiting my pages. Lesley

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 11:36 PM

    Nice little page Ulrike ! Greetz from Ghent

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2005 at 10:39 PM

    Great update and very helpful accomodation tip! I love those tin cars!!!!

  • novsco61's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2005 at 12:12 AM

    The Zoo seems really interesting. Nice page.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2005 at 4:38 PM

    Wow, you really do get around! The spice markets here sound wonderful - I'd never even seen vanilla in its natural form before, until now with your picture.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2004 at 9:02 AM

    I like your logic on why you should go to the zoo! Normally, I don't like to go because I don't like to see the animals caged (but I have been privaleged to see many of them in the wild, so that's not really fair to zoos).

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2004 at 7:37 AM

    Madagascar is definitely on my list of "places to go"! Vielen Dank für die guten Tipps!


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