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Vatomandry is located in Madagascar
Location in Madagascar
Coordinates: 19°19′51″S 48°58′41″E / 19.33083°S 48.97806°E / -19.33083; 48.97806
Country  Madagascar
Region Atsinanana
District Vatomandry District
Time zone EAT (UTC3)

Vatomandry [vatʷˈmanɖʐʲ] is a city in and the administrative center of the Vatomandry District, Atsinanana Region, Madagascar.[1]

Etymology and location[edit]

Located on the coast, the town's name means "Sleeping Rocks," derived from two black rocks near the shore. It is also on the path of the Canal des Pangalanes and Route Nationale (RN) 11.[2]


In the pre-colonial era of the 19th century, Vatomandry was a center of Hova government with an active port.[2]

From 1935.06.18 it was the first seat of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of Vatomandry (on territories split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Tananarive and Apostolic Vicariate of Fianarantsoa) until 1939.05.25, when it was promoted and renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Tamatave, after its new see Tamatave. [3]

Tropical Cyclone Manou caused great damage in 2003 to the town and left 68 people dead.[2] Cyclone Giovanna in 2012 also caused significant damage.[4]

Notable locals[edit]