Free Friday: Lake Anosy

By June 23, 2017Free Friday
2017-06-23 - Free Friday - Lake Anosy (Blog)

Happy Free Friday! If you’re looking for something to do in the heart of Madagascar, look no further than lovely Lake Anosy. This heart shaped lake offers a quiet respite from the bustling city. Check it out!

 

 Antananarivo, Madagascar

History of Lake Anosy

This unusually shaped body of water was artificially constructed from a swamp in the 1800s during the reign of Radama I. (Fun fact: Radama was the first king of Madagascar to be recognized by European powers.) At the center of this lake is a war memorial to fallen French soldiers of World War I. Visitors can reach the memorial via a narrow isthmus.

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King Radama I of Madagascar. Photo: By Philippe-Auguste Ramanankirahina (1860-1915) – http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/edit_l/post116272574/ Photograph of the original work on display at the Lapan’ Andafiavaratra (Antananarivo), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15856399

 

Events at Lake Anosy

If you happen to visit in October, make your way to the shores of the lake where you can see the gorgeous jacaranda trees and their lovely purple blossoms. If you’re visiting in the next few days, Madagascar will celebrate its independence on June 26th with a fireworks display on the shores of Lake Anosy.

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Jacaranda Trees in bloom. Photo: By Paul Saad – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Nearby Sites

While you’re doing some sightseeing, you can easily catch a glimpse of Collège Saint Michelle and the sports stadium.

Bird's eye view of Lake Anosy and the war memorial. Photo: Ibolya/Flickr.

Bird’s eye view of Lake Anosy and the war memorial. Photo: Ibolya/Flickr.

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