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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Set amidst scenic landscapes where one can unwind after a day of sightseeing in Male, Jumhooree Maidan, otherwise known as the Republic Square, is an ideal place to visit with the family. If you are looking for Maldives 5 star resorts that provide easy access to the capital and this site, then consider staying at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa which offers speedboat rides to Male.
Ideally situated by the waterfront, Jumhooree Maidan is a popular gathering point for locals, especially young people who frequent it in the evenings. A standout feature here is the flagpole at its centre, where one can see a huge Maldivian flag. A popular venue for hosting shows and other events, Republic Square is also where you can see the Presidential Jetty which is used by the president and other dignitaries when visiting Male. Nearby are the Islamic Centre and the Grand Friday Mosque, while visitors can also look forward to just chilling out amidst this picturesque locale and engage in some people watching too!
Mohamed Thakurufaanu is considered one of the most significant national heroes in the Maldives and this great figure’s tomb can be visited in the capital Male. Staying at luxury hotels Maldives is an ideal way for you to enjoy the best the country has to offer and one option worth considering is Kurumba Maldives. A leading name amongst Maldives resorts, this charming property also offers excursions to Male where one can visit the Mohamed Thakurufaanu Tomb.
Mohamed Thakurufaanu is known for his role in leading the nation against the Portuguese who occupied the country at the time. After liberating the Maldives he became the sultan in 1573 and ruled for 12 years. This historical figure’s tomb can be found at the mosque known as Bihuroazu Kamanaa Miskiiy. The tomb is relatively simple in design, though the efforts of this national hero are by no means small and are remembered by Maldivians even today.
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