The Maldives is renowned throughout the world for her pristine beaches composed of white powdery sands, and waters that are a radiant turquoise, but you shouldn’t forget the Old Friday Mosque.
The mosque was constructed during the reign of Ibrahim Iskandar in 1658. The purpose of this mosque was to accommodate the growing numbers of Muslims who have exceeded the capacity of the local mosque.
The mosque was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its remarkable composition and design. It was built out of coral rock, with excerpts of the Quran engraved on to it. The inside features beautiful lacquer-work, woodcarving, and designs laid out by the nation’s finest craftsmen.
Getting into the mosque requires approval by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, but if you’re well dressed and respectful, the staff will let you in since they are directly affiliated with the ministry in question. If you’re vacationing at one of many Maldives villas to be found, such as Grand Park Kodhipparu, and wish to visit the mosque, keep that in mind.
The Medhuziyaaraiy and Muliaage
Right opposite the mosque you’ll find the Medhuziyaaraiy which is the tomb of a Moroccan that famously converted Maldivians to Islam in 1153 AD. The Muliaage, which is the official resident of the nation’s president, is also just across the mosque.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.