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Andafiavaratra Palace

Andafiavaratra Palace

Andafiavaratra Palace

Andafiavaratra Palace (9 Lalana Printsy Ratsimamanga, Antananarivo 101) – this pink-walled turreted palace, located on the highest hilltop of the capital, was the residence of Prime Minister Rainilaiarivony of Madagascar, who governed the island kingdom in the late 19th century.

The Palace is now a museum. Most of the museum’s collection comprises artifacts rescued from the 1995 Rova palace complex fire. A series of royal portraits, photos and gifts give visitors an insight into the lives of the Merina monarchs, while other highlights include ethnic paintings of tribal leaders and 19th-century photographs of Tana street scenes. Keep an eye out for the fossilized skeleton of a Majungasaurus, discovered near Majunga. Admission: 10,000 Ar. per person. Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturday – Thursday), closed on Fridays.