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Discover the fascinating history of the Tombs of Rova Antananarivo, island of Madagascar

Discover the fascinating history of the Tombs of Rova Antananarivo, island of Madagascar

Queens’ Tomb

In 1868, James Cameron built a wooden house with a four-sided roof and glass doors and windows to hold the remains of Rasoherina. On March 15, 1897, it became the final resting place for the ashes of Ranavalona I and Ranavalona II. Later in 1939, the ashes of Ranavalona III were also interred there after being brought back from Algeria.

Kings’ Tomb

The stone building, measuring 9 meters by 3 meters and topped with a traditional tranomanara (a cold house) with verandas and a tiled roof, was constructed in 1828 by Louis Gros to house the remains of Radama I.

In March 1897, Gallieni had the ashes of Andrianampoinimerina transferred from Ambohimanga to this site, and those of Radama II from Ilafy.

This historical site is the resting place for seven out of ten kings who once ruled over Antananarivo.

Tranofitomiandalana, les « Seven Houses Aligned »

Seven of the ten kings who ruled Antananarivo before Andrianampoinimerina are buried in these tombs. Three of them were banished from Rova, with the first being dethroned, the second dying from leprosy, and the third being overthrown by Andrinanampoinimerina.

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