Ambohimanga, a hill topped by a traditional fortified royal city (rova), is located 24km to the north-east of Antananarivo. The hill and its rova are considered the most significant symbol of the cultural identity of the Merina people of Madagascar, and the most important and best-preserved monument of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Madagascar and its precursor, the Kingdom of Merina.
The historical walled village includes residences and burial sites of several key monarchs. The site is associated with strong feelings of national identity. It remains a place of worship to which pilgrims come from Madagascar and elsewhere.
It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2001.