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Male Mosques - Maldives Soul

Duration: Half Day

Male Mosques - Maldives Soul

Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is renowned for its beautiful mosques, which are dotted throughout the city because Islam is the predominant religion here. This tour will enable you to visit some of the most famous landmarks, including Hukuru Miskiiy (Friday Mosque), the oldest mosque in the Maldives, and Grand Friday Mosque, the largest mosque in the Maldives. 

Malé boasts some of the most magnificent architecture in the Maldives, so exploring this vibrant ocean city is a must. Some of the most beautiful monuments are undoubtedly the mosques, which are of great importance to Maldivians and their Islamic faith.

Our first stop is the historic Hukuru Miskiiy, otherwise known as Old Friday Mosque. Built during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I in 1658, this is the oldest mosque in the country. It served as the main mosque for the Malé population for almost four centuries until Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre took over this function in 1984. The building is a fine example of meticulous coral stone architecture, detailed lacquer work and intricate woodcarvings, and represents one of the most prolific pieces of Maldivian artistic expression. The interior and exterior walls of the mosque are beautifully carved with Arabic writings and other decorative designs, whilst the exterior is surrounded by a 17th century graveyard with coral stone tombstones of past sultans and nobles, which have been carved with unique designs that cannot be seen in any other part of the world.

Friday Mosque holds great spiritual significance for the local people and thousands of people congregate here, and in other mosques around the city, every Friday before lunchtime to pray. This majestic monument is a unique piece of Maldivian heritage and a must-see attraction.

We move onwards to Grand Friday Mosque, not to be confused with old Friday Mosque above. Officially named Masjid-al Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu-al-A'z'am, this is the largest mosque in the Maldives and a spectacular architectural landmark. The mosque’s magnificent golden dome and slender minaret dominates Malé’s skyline, whilst the interior walls are adorned with beautiful woodcarvings and Arabic calligraphy.

Also located here is the Islamic Centre, which serves as a conference hall for official meetings and ceremonies. Incredibly, over five thousand worshipers can be accommodated here at one time. There are around 20 different mosques located in Male, but Friday Mosque and Grand Friday Mosque should certainly be at the top of your list to visit during your holiday in Maldives.

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