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Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

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Address: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Phone Number:
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Nice view but no guide needed

Nice place to visit. My recommendation is to go. I guess the guide do an excellent work there but there is not a real necessity to hire one for the visit. The story of the... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Trapani, Italy

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Trapani, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice place to visit. My recommendation is to go. I guess the guide do an excellent work there but there is not a real necessity to hire one for the visit. The story of the building though is interesting and might worth a visit.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It depends on you how much you like it. But also here it is really not necessary to visit. All you can see is just building from outside no inside allowed and a small holly house and you will hear many many small stories from local guide. You eill have chance to take city photo from high.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's an interesting structure, as far as structures go. It's situated atop the highest hill overlooking the city. There is really not much to do while visiting the site. We were the only ones there. A guide took us on a tour. Very un Disney. Maybe if I had studied the history behind the structure. That could inspire a visit.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky with a guide who told us a lot about the history of this place and spoke reasonably well English, but I can imagine if you're not so lucky that you will be disappointed.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Siggooch review is very accurate. I would like to add that should you understand French, he tour can give you one of the best glimpse of the Malagasy history, the context of colonial policy, the ruling of the Hova ethnic group over other ethnic groups, and yes, the view is gorgeous...

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Acton, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Not much to do in Tana. This empty shell of a building is on top of a hill which provides a nice view. Otherwise have to pay to go in and have to have a "local" guide. all of which costs money. Would be better to not go in just enjoy the view.

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Cotonou, Benin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

There's a 3 euro fee for foreigners and it's free for locals. All in all, fair enough. What seemed to be a con was the fact that a guided tour is obligatory and that cost a further 7 euros (for up to 3 people). As someone who speaks French, I ultimately found the tour to be excellent - full of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I had seen the Queen's Palace on the hill horizon each time in Tana but had not found the time to visit. I knew a a little of the sad history of destruction by arsonists in 1995 which left "only a stone shell". The visit was worth the time and effort. They are trying to renovate it but work (and... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

As most of the original palace was burnt down everything is replicated and is in the process of re building. You can't go inside the main building. My guide was ok...I had earlier gone to the Blue Palace in the country and enjoyed every minute of it. Here the best part is the view. I could have avoided going here.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were a group of twelve, along with our Western guide who is proficient in Malagasy and a former resident of the country. A local guide was required to enter and we were assigned a guide called Terry. As part of the tour we were shown inside the church which is no longer used for anything. A sign inside informed... More 

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