Hukuru Miskiiy – a cultural marvel in the Maldives

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Visit the oldest mosque in the Maldives – the Hukuru Miskiiy – which dates back to the mid seventeenth century and offers a unique glimpse into the country’s main religion of Islam. Make the mosque part of your travel itinerary during a stay at one of the luxury villas in Maldives scattered throughout the islands, such as the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas that offers a choice selection of Maldives water villas for the ultimate tropical sojourn. A stunning edifice of coral and intricate Arabian architecture is found at the Hukuru Miskiiy, the country’s oldest mosque. Composed of carved coral architecture and graced with elegant lacquer work and exquisite wood carvings, this impressive spiritual centre is a treat to capture through a camera lens. The interiors feature the delicate Arabic script, whilst the mosque’s exterior is framed by an aged graveyard, bearing fine specimens of aged tombstones that detail the lives of sultans and noblemen who once held sway over the country. Forming an important part of Maldivian heritage, the mosque is still used as a centre for worship, drawing droves of local devotees to pray each Friday, as well as appreciative visitors of its historical grandeur.

 

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.

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