The Rova of Manjakamiadana is a royal palace complex that served as the home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th century. Its counterpart is the nearby fortified village of Ambohimanga, which served as the spiritual seat of the kingdom in contrast to the political significance of the Rova in the capital. The Rova occupies the highest point on Analamanga, formerly the highest of Antananarivo's many hills. Merina kings continued to rule from the site until the fall of the monarchy in 1896, frequently restoring, modifying or adding royal structures within the compound to suit their needs. A fire on the night of 6 November 1995 destroyed or damaged all the structures within the Rova complex shortly before it was due to be inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The chapel and tombs, as well as Besakana and Mahitsielafanjaka, have since been fully restored. Completion of the reconstruction of the Manjakamiadana is more or less completed, and the site is now open as a museum.
Located in the heart of the city, this park is an important reserve, but also a nesting site, for many bird species endemic to the country. Located near a lake, "Bird Island" is an important breeding site for Madagascan heron and the Meller's duck.
This botanical and zoological park is the national zoological and botanical collection and houses many endemic animal and plant species of Madagascar, and also a handful of foreign species such as camels and peacocks. The park also has an arboretum, a palaeontology museum and an ethnology museum, as well as its souvenir shop. It is often, to be honest, criticised for the low standards of housing of animals.