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The oldest and most attractive part of town is the pedestrian Haute-Ville (known as Tanana Ambony in Malagasy). Utterly removed from the hustle of the rest of the town, the Haute-Ville feels more like a quiet...

Monastery in Fianarantsoa


The monks at this monastery continue to do what they have done for centuries: make wine (red and white, and flavoured aperitifs) and honey (which you can buy in the shop). The modern church, with its striking...

Market in Fianarantsoa


Fianar is a market town, with at least one small market open every day. The largest is the Zoma, where you’ll find everything under the sun. It’s held every day along Ave de l'Indépendance and Rue de Verdun,...

Church in Fianarantsoa

Ambozontany Cathedral

This imposing red-brick cathedral is one of a number of churches in the historic Haute-Ville and is the one most used for services. It's at the bottom of the pedestrianised street at the start of the Haute-Ville.

Lake in Fianarantsoa

Lac Anosy

Located below, and visible from, the Haute-Ville, this lake is surrounded by flowering trees and is a popular place for a stroll.