The big market or bazary be

This grand hall( bazary be) is constructed in 1899 during the colonization period. At that time it was a market for the Europeans. It’s very strong hall because it could resist the violent cyclone in 1927, which was destroyed almost Tamatave town. It attracts a lot of persons here in Tamatave for their daily shoppings. You can enjoy this very old hall, which is surrounded also a very old buildings such as: casa créoles, Chinese shops.

Then, enjoy the colors, the perfums, numerous of fruits, flowers and spices in this big market such as: vanilla, cinnamons, cloves, pepers… The short time of tour of this big market, you can discover already a crafts richness of Madagascar. You will see also the numerous articles on displaying such as basketworks, something made from rafia, precious stones, silvers jewels treated dy hand or zebu horns, music intruments made from bamboo in particular the <<valiha>> with strings, cabinet-makers, clothes, hats… COME AND BUY!!!


Amiral Billard rue

After 1927 cyclone, the reconstruction and the extension of the town were taking a very important place here in Tamatave. Some Indians families who are Bohra community, I mean Indian muslims dwelt in this area and established their commerces on this rue. Now, this rue is still very busy and count a numerous of Indians shops. Before, this rue was called Colonel Billard rue around 1920. But Billard was becoming General later so the rue took the new title. So let’s go to the big market

Notre-Dame church

This Notre-Dame-de-Lourd was constructed after the 1927 cyclone. The construction decision was taken by reverend Father Eckert in 1925 facing a very huge number of believers in Tamatave, in particular Tanamakoa and Anjoma. However, the first construction was made by 100% wood and also destroyed by march 3th, 1927 cyclone. The church had been repared after that but a new cycone in 1929 which was  take off the roof. So it needed to be repared again, and this last one was with metallic framework. Then a very importent maintenance of the church was in 1948-1951 and the roof is changed like concrete slab. Then, later they mount this spire which is you still can see it until nowadays.

La gare( station)

This line malagasy rail way is made during a governor Joseph Gallieni period. The work was started in 1901, and it needed a huge number of workforces such as: Malagasy, Europeans, Arabs, Africans, and Indians. The rail way was inaugurated in march, 13th, 1913. Tamatave is the terminus of this TCE line (Tamatave Côte Est: means Tamatave East Coast) which is to join the first port of Madagascar to the capital Tananarive.

This actual rail way station is constructed in 1930. In that time , the hall town wasn’t exist yet, so the station was facing the ocean. Around 20th centuary, it was becoming dangerous and no more traffics because of lack of maintenance. But since for 2005, it’s getting back into its normal life because of the world bank aid and development Europeans fonds. Nowadays, it’s great to travel with them.

Tamatave hall town

This actual hall town is dated in 1960. It had been constructed just after the iIndependence of Madagascar proclamation. At that time, it was an international funfair preparation period in 1963 here in Tamatave. The new mayor was Bezaka Alexis, who was the first Malagasy mayor in Tamatave. He chose the place for this hall town and here it is on the Independence avenue with very nice view on the ocean.

Independence avenue

After having walked along Ratsimilaho boulevard, now let’s turn in our left and here we go. A very nice avenue for Independence.

In the beginning of colonization period, and before being a real avenue, this area was a place for horses racing. Then in 1930 it is becoming an avenue number one here in Tamatave and then <<poincaré avenue>>. And later, it’s called Independence avenue after having celebrated it at the first time in 1960. Also we can find a lot of monuments wich are recorded Tamatave and as well Madagascar stories.

For exemple: This one is called Republic place, it is to memorize the time when the Independece of Madagascar was proclamed. It was exactly, October, 14th, 1958. But only two years after the proclamation, we celebrated it at the first time, was June, 26th, 1960

This very wide avenue, is limited by palm tree. It’s the most beautiful place here in Tamatave, here is also the administratif center in this town, because here, we can find a lot of publics buildings, of which are almost of them had renewed in 1930 after the violence cyclone in 1927.

Look at this one, it’s an actual BFV-SG bank.

Always walking on this avenue, you can enjoy these two buildings( BFV-SG and actual province siege. Let’s look at in our right, there are tribunal was made in 1930, also a post office, topography and indeed an Anglican cathedral Santa Jakoba. This church was constructed in 1932 after the first Anglican church in 1905 at the same place on this Independence avenue. But the first one was destroyed by 1927 cyclone.

The port

Following along Ratsimilaho boulevard, you can enjoy a very nice view on the port. It was already existed before the colonization, it is made by Franco-Germany consortium in 1926 but it was also among of the cyclone 1927 victimes and three years later tehy continued again the construction and then it was inaugurated in 1936. It gives a very strong strength of Tamatave town and Madagascar entire economics as well. Nowadays it can receive a lot of ships at the same time and thousand Contereners because it allowed us to import 75% of our needed and 25% of export. That is the main reason why our President Marc Ravalomanana called Tamatave as a capital economic of Madagascar.