Antananarivo City

Antananarivo City



Antananarivo is the capital and largest city in Madagascar. It is also known by its French colonial shorthand form Tana. The larger urban area surrounding the city known as Antananarivo-Renivohitra is the capital of Analamanga Region. The name roughly translates to “City of the Thousand”

History of the City

Antananarivo is situated approximately 1,280 m (4,199 ft) above sea level in the central highlands region of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, at 18.55′ latitude south and 47.32′ longitude

Antananarivo was already a major city before the colonial era. After expelling the Vazimba who inhabited a town at the peak of Analamanga hill, Andrianjaka constructed a rova there that became the site of the royal palaces and the burial place of Merina royalty.

During this 77 year period, the eastern district’s capital at Ambohimanga rose in prominence. The last king of Ambohimanga, Andrianampoinimerina successfully conquered Antananarivo in 1793 and reunited the provinces of Imerina putting an end to nearly eight decades of civil war.


Antananarivo City covers an area of 88 km2 with an estimated population of over 2 million people.

Mayors of Antananarivo City

1956–1959: Stanislas Rakotonirina

1959–1977: Richard Andriamanjato

19??–1991: Guy Razanamasy

1994–1999: Guy Razanamasy

1999–2002: Marc Ravalomanana

2003–2007: Patrick Ramiaramanana

2007–2009: Andry Rajoelina

2009: Guy Randrianarisoa

2009: Michele Ratsivalaka

2009–2013: Edgard Razafindravahy

2013: to date Olga Rasamimanana

Transport system

Antananarivo has various means of transport serving the city which include; air transport with international airport, a new shuttle service connecting Ivato and Antananarivo, minibuses and buses

Attractions in Antananarivo

The following are major tourist attractions of Antananarivo City

  • Lemurs Park
  • Ambohimanga
  • Madarail
  • Rova – Le Palais de la Reine
  • Is’Art Galerie
  • Piratenmuseum in Antananarivo
  • Traces
  • Tsimbazaza Zoo

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