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Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 16th century
Date of Inscription: 2001
Location: Africa, Madagascar, Municipality of Ambohimanga Rova, Province of Antananarivo Avaradrano
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Description: The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is composed of a royal city and burial site, as well as an assembly of sacred places. For the past 500 years the site has been coupled with intense feelings of national identity, and has managed to sustain its spiritual and sacred character in ritual practice as well as within the popular imagination. To this day the site plays a significant among pilgrims who come from Madagascar and elsewhere to this place of worship. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Ambohimanga is an archeological site located at 19°4′0″S, 44°40′0″ECoordinates: 19°4′0″S, 44°40′0″E in Madagascar. The area contains a ruined city, burial sites, and assorted sacred places. It is a place of religious and historical significance in the culture of the Malagasy people, and has been so for the last 500 years. As a result of this significance, the site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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