If you are looking for a costal destination for a tropical retreat, one of the most recommended destinations for you is the beautiful archipelagic nation of Maldives. Located in South Asia, this island nation is blessed with pristine white sandy beaches – some of the best in the world – and breathtaking coastal features. With excellent conditions for all sorts of water and beach activities, and many cultural attractions, the Maldives truly is one of the most tranquil destinations in Asia. Out of the many luxury resorts available for accommodation, one of the most pleasant Maldives resorts is the Adaaran Select Meedhupparu.
One of the landmarks of Maldives that emanates grandeur and sophistication is the President’s Palace. This historic building, currently serving as the official residence of the President of Maldives, is one of the most iconic and marvelous structures. Keep in mind that the Palace does not open its gates to the public, but, nevertheless, the architecture and history of the Palace attracts much attention.
Located in Male and constructed in 1919, the Presidential Palace has a long and illustrious history. The structure was first inhabited by Sultan Muhammad Shamsuddeen Iskander III in 1920, then going on to house several important State offices. Interestingly though, from time to time it has also served as the residence of the President, when until in 2009 it was declared by former President Mohamed Nasheed to serve as the president’s official residence. Also known as Muliaage, this remarkable palace boasts an architectural style that resembles Colonial Bungalow. Although access into this splendid architectural structure in prohibited to the public, one can still visit this landmark and witness the beauty of its exterior, and even take some memorable photographs. Many world leaders such as India’s Rajiv Gandhi and even the Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom have been hosted at the President’s Palace. The premises of this structure is also home to the Medhu Ziyaarai, believed to the final resting place of Abul Barakat Yousef Al-Berberi who is said to have introduced Islam to the Maldives in 1153.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.Google+