Quietly nestled across the road from the famed Friday Mosque or Hukuru Miskiiy, lies an ancient structure that has a centuries old legacy intertwined with the Maldives’ rich history. Iconic and resplendent this ancient palace dubbed Mulee-Aage is also one of the most frequently visited attractions in the capital of the island archipelago and a renowned landmark in the city. Built by none other than Sultan Shamsuddeen III as far back as 1906, this palace was originally intended to serve as the home of the Sultan’s son. Constructed in the period preceding the First World War, the history of Mulee-Aage is just as engaging as the iconic blue and white building occupying the state’s capital.
Regardless of its intended purpose Mulee-Aage was disinherited from the family of Sultan Shamsuddeen III when the Sultan and his son were banished from the country in May of 1936. Declared a government asset in subsequent years, Mulee-Aage became the Presidential Palace in 1986. Having hosted many a state function with international dignitaries and heads of state in attendance this sprawling, palatial complex still serves as the official residence of the president to the present day.
This colonial style 100 year old structure is perhaps best known for the lush tropical garden that surrounds its enclosure. The scenically landscaped garden is one of the most stunning private gardens of its kind in the capital with age old trees and verdant shrubbery creating a tranquil, green space in the heart of the city. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the garden of Mulee-Aage Palace also served a practical purpose during the food crisis of World War II when the garden’s vegetable produce eased the effects of the food shortage prevalent during the era.
A captivating example of colonial architecture a trip to the Maldivian capital would truly be amiss without a tour of this ancient palace complex and its breathtaking garden.
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