A week before I left Madagascar I had the opportunity to go to the Queen's Palace (Rova) with my cool friend Karen. I had driven by the Palace, and I've seen the cool cityscape up there, but I've never be close to the Palace, nor had a tour of it.
It was very interesting to learn more about this Palace. I knew some things from before, but I learned a lot that day.
Back in the day, Madagascar was ruled by Queens and this was their Palace. Well, back in 1995 the real Palace was vandalized and burned down, and this one now is the new one. The first Palace was mostly made of wood, and so burned down pretty fast. The one that they built, they decided to build it with stone.
This walkway is where the Queen's VIP's would enter whenever there was a party of some sort.
The view of the city of Antananarivo was amazing from up there by the Palace. The photo above is from the East side of Tana.
The photo above shows the Queens tomb (with the red roof). There were four Queens buried here. On the other side was the King's Palace, where it had three Kinds buried.
Also in the photo above, to the right you see a smaller statue with a large egg shaped stone. Certain men that were in the Palace would try to lift this egg shaped stone, and if they were able to lift it, they were honored as 'Strong'.
The photo above is the back of the church on the Palace property. This is one of the very few first churches that started in Madagascar, started to be built back in 1869. It was opened back in 1880.
The photo above shows the West side of Antananarivo. The lake around in the middle is Lake Anosy. Just below the lake you see a large field with a building with a red roof, that's the Sport's Palace. The building holds all kinds of concerts, and on the field, they have soccer and rugby matches.
I had a few times that I was able to hang out with Karen, and this time being one of them. I was thankful to have this time with her. This photo above was one that she took, and she's got a creative, unique eye for photography.
Here (above), is a closer look of Lake Anosy and the sports arena.
Thanks again Karen for the fun times at the Rova!!