Antananarivo in 2005
Location of Antananarivo in Madagascar
|• Water||88 km2 (34 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,276 m (4,186 ft)|
|• Density||10,266.5/km2 (26,590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||East African Time (GMT+3)|
Antananarivo has a population of over 1.4 million people. Including an Anglican cathedral and a Roman Catholic cathedral, there are about fifty churches in the city and its suburbs. There is also a Muslim mosque. Antananarivo is home of the University of Madagascar and the Collège Rural d'Ambatobe.
Until 1869 all buildings in the city were of wood or rushes. Since the introduction of stone and brick, the whole city has been rebuilt. It now has many notable structures. For example, the royal palaces, the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, several stone and brick churches, colleges, schools, hospitals, courts of justice and other government buildings.
The city was captured by the French in 1895. Since then, good roads have been built in the city.
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