Photo Essay: A Journey Through Colorful Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo is relatively unknown on the tourist circuit, hard to pronounce, and somewhat of a long trek to get to. But this capital and largest city in Madagascar is full of cobbled streets, gorgeous churches, scenic vistas, a vibrant population, and is well worth a visit. So sit back, relax, and go on a visual journey through the colorful capital city of Antananarivo, Madagascar.



The city’s architecture is some of the most colorful in Africa

malagasy troupe

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Vibrant Hira Gasy troupes regularly perform in the city

malagasy kingfisher

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Even the local birds such as the Malagasy Kingfisher are colorful

antananarivo baskets


Locals gracefully carry baskets on their heads next to a pousse-pousse

mini pousse pousse

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The pousse-pousses are so iconic you can even get them in a miniature version

charrette antananarivo

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The charrette is another popular mode of transportation in the city

antananarivo kids store

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Local kids hang out by a store during the day

antananarivo church

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The John Baptiste Church on Faravohitra hill is one of the city’s architectural gems

strum guitar

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A young man strums a guitar outside a shop entrance

antananarivo chatting

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Two ladies stop to chat for a bit and do it in style

monument antananarivo


Monuments also get a touch of color here

antananarivo sunset


Watching a sunset over the hills is always a fantastic way to end the day

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