In addition to the breathtaking scenery of the nation of Maldives, there is a deep rooted culture and traditions. There are legends, tales and true stories that are just as inviting as the sparkling waters that this nation is so famous for. To learn more and delve deeper into the mysteries of the Maldivian yesteryears, the Male Museum is the best place to start.
With a building that was gifted by China, the museum is almost sacred to the Maldivians as it resembles the rich heritage of this nation. It is the oldest museum in the country and was established on the 11th of November 1952. The Museum was created with the aim of preserving history and promoting patriotism because this nation -although more commonly known as a Muslim nation- has a rich Buddhist heritage that dates back years. The museum houses a fantastic collection of historic artifacts that perfectly depicts the fascinating history of the many islands of Maldives as a whole.
Just as you enter you will be greeted by a series of galleries completely dedicated to the ancient and even medieval periods of the Maldivian history. You will come across a range of interesting weaponry, Religious paraphernalia and even household utensils that were used at the time. Arabic Calligraphy plays a huge part in Maldivian art and in the museum you get an exquisite number of artistic calligraphy displays. There are even carved Arabic- and Thaana-engraved pieces of wood that beautifully depicts Maldives conversion to Islam that took place in 1153. History is on the ground floor and the first floor is adorned with art and crafts. The Maldivians have some unique crafts made from the nation’s very own raw materials. The liquor wooden boxes on display are a particular favorite. With all the amazing items on display, a day out at the Maldivian Museum is certainly a day well spent.
While exploring enchanting Maldives, come home to the Kandolhu Island which offers a selection of some of finest Maldives villas.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+