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Fianarantsoa

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 160 miles from Antananarivo by car or bus
When to go
Between April and October (dry season); hurricane danger from late December through mid-April

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Julie Sabatier Seasoned Traveller
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In southeastern Madagascar, the city of Fianarantsoa was built in the 19th century, when Queen Ranavalona wanted to build a city between the capital and the South. Literally the "city of good education", its name is suggestive: it's an important religious centre. It is also known for the training of its intellectuals.

My suggestion:
The city has one of the last four Michelines (a rare, rubber-tyred train) in the world. Continue your journey by taking the train line connecting the city to the coast. It is fabulous, moving along the forests nestled in the mountains.
My review

It is divided into three sections. The lower city with popular, very lively and colourful neighbourhoods. I recommend that you visit the precious stone market, in the station square. The middle city, with its colonial style, represents the modern side. The upper city is home to a cathedral nicknamed the "Vatican of Fianarantsoa". Continuing the ascent, after an hour's walk, you'll discover a hidden chapel with an excellent view. And on the path, a rock that is more than 26 feet in height.

Finally, Fianarantsoa is also famous for its wine, ceramics, soap factories and oil mills!

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