In its architectural marvel as well as exterior finish, Grand Friday Mosque could be called the Mecca of Maldives. If you are a Muslim, orthodox or unorthodox, the mosque will enthrall you with its spiritual grandness. Stay at one of the Five Star Hotels Maldives has to offer and you can easily reach the Mosque.
The mosque is open from 9 am to 5 pm. If you are a non Muslim, you cannot enter the mosque premises at prayer times, 15 minutes before and the following hour. If you want the best experience, stay somewhere like Naladhu Maldives and visit the mosque around 2 pm. And remember to respect Grand Friday Mosque as a religious place and be dressed accordingly.
You do not have to think so much about the dress code. As long as you are decently dressed to cover yourself, that is what matters. Men are usually supposed to wear long trousers, while women need to wear a long skirt. Look at the mosque from far, and this mosque stands grand among other buildings in Male. In fact it has become the symbol of spiritual splendor in the city.
The museum was open in 1984 with assistance from many countries such as Pakistan, Brunei, Gulf States and Malaysia. Interestingly the mosque does not have much decoration, despite the fact that it is the biggest mosque in Maldives.
But then what is so special about this mosque? Its white marbles add a deep sense of serenity to the mosque. Once you are inside, you will see how spacious the main prayer hall is. About 5000 devotees can worship in the all at the same time. Walk a little inside, and you will see wooden side panels and doors along with a woven carpet and chandeliers. Further inside, you will come across the Islamic Centre with its classrooms, conference hall and library.
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