One of the first things that pops up in our heads at the mention of Maldives are the endless turquoise beaches and luxury resorts. With the many options available, you can easily pick one of the many Maldives resorts. All inclusive deals have lately been a favourite among tourists as they can enjoy a hassle free holiday and make the most of the exotic island. However, there are few things beyond beaches that Maldives can offer. Being a predominantly Muslim country one of the notable landmarks in the city is the Grand Friday Mosque. The glistening dome of the modern mosque has made a mark in the skyline of Maldives. Many tourists tend to move away to their respective islands and do not spend a lot of time in the capital Malé. Resorts such as Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives offer excursions to the capital to their guests to explore the capital.
The Grand Friday Mosque was built in 1984 with the aid of Pakistan, the Gulf states, Brunei and Malaysia. Apart from the dome, the mosque has quite a plain structure, that is mostly white marbel and no decoration. It is the largest mosque in the country. One could spot the mosque from any boat entering the harbour.
The main hall in the mosque can have up to 5000 worshippers at a time. The hall has impressive wooden side panels and beautifully woven carpets as well as ornamental chandeliers to add a touch of elegance. The adjoining Islamic center has a library, conference hall, and classrooms.
The mosque is open to tourists from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The best times to visit is between 2pm to 3pm. It is a religious place and therefore it is necessary to dress appropriately.
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Located in the heart of Male, Maldives’ capital city, is the Islamic Centre. Considered to be one of the nation’s most significant architectural structures, the Islamic Centre is symbol which represents the strong Islamic culture of the Maldives and its architectural prowess. For accommodation in stylish Maldives villasmake reservation at the Kandolhu Island Maldives, a luxury resort which offers a host luxury amenities and services.
Officially called the Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam, in memory of the hero Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam, the Islamic Centre is frequently visited by many tourists and locals. Established on the 11th of November 1984, the Islamic Centre serves primarily as a mosque. In fact the mosque happens to be the largest mosque in South Asia, with the ability to house 5000 people. The Centre also serves as a conference hall, and houses the Minister of Islamic Affairs and an Islamic library. The centre also has several classrooms and offices as well.
The Centre is admired for its amazing architecture as well. The roof of the Centre is adorned with a spectacular golden dome, which defines the skyline of Male. The golden dome is actually one of the reasons why the Centre is such a popular attraction, as it can be seen from almost any direction in Male. The building contains features of traditional Maldivian architecture and craftsmanship, with several marvelous pillars, carvings and engravings, as well as beautifully designed stairways and corridors. The main prayer hall at the Centre is also known for its brilliant architecture. The walls of the prayer hall have been decorated with many intricate woodcarvings and carvings of Arabian calligraphy.
The Islamic Centre is a symbol of the Maldivian people’s devotion to their faith and religion, and thus is a place of great spirituality. It is a great place to visit to study the faith and beliefs of the people of Maldives, and thus is well worth a visit.
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