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ROYAL HILL OF AMBOHIMANGA

ROYAL HILL OF AMBOHIMANGA
Ambohimanga Rova, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
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BACKGROUND

First occupied in the fifteenth century, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga has long been one of the most important spiritual and historic sites for the Malagasy people. Perched high atop one of the twelve sacred hills of Imerina, it emerged as a fortified political capital and royal palace during the reign of Andriantsimitoviaminandriana (r. 1740–1745). (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Although Ambohimanga is protected under Madagascar’s heritage laws and is listed as a World Heritage site, its inclusion on the 2012 World Monuments Watch called attention to the pressing needs for continued vigilance in monitoring and maintaining these historic structures.

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is considered the embodiment of Malagasy cultural identity. It has immense historical, cultural, and spiritual significance. As the home and cemetery of former sovereigns, the site was the religious capital of nineteenth-century Madagascar. (...)

SPOTLIGHT

Watch Day

For Watch Day, the city collaborated with the non-profit Santa Casa de Misericordia on a variety of activities for more than 80 youth from underprivileged neighborhoods of the city center. The day included a guided tour of the historic center and cathedral, art workshops, and prizes for the children.

In Dig Deeper: Watch Day Video