Where is Fianarantsoa Located?
As the second largest city in Madagascar, the old royal town of Fianarantsoa is located in the heart of the island’s largest wine-growing area. Today, the city has almost 200,000 inhabitants, most of whom still belong to the original Betsileo people. Fianarantsoa has been a religious centre of Madagascar since the arrival of missionaries who built churches and schools, because the church density per square meter is nowhere as high as here.
What Country is Fianarantsoa in?
In Fianarantsoa, the old traditional houses were built on the hills of the city and pull up to the 1269m high Ivonea. This “old town”, known as the “Upper Town”, is on the list of the 100 most protective and threatened cities in the world (according to “Monument watch”). In the Panorama of the city looks like an Andean village, with its gently rolling hills in the Background.
The 500 houses and 6 churches date back to the 19th century. As the city is too poor to Stand up to its houses, aid projects have joined forces to support the renovation.
The actual centre of Fianarantsoa, which was built a little later, lies further down in the Valley and is called” Lower Town”. Here you will find the market square, the shopping area and the train station. Here you can feel the “pulsating heart” of the city. The middle level, the sog “Nouvelle Ville” (new town) was built by the French during the colonial period. Many banks, administration buildings and Hotels were built here.