Museums and Heritage

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The Hukuru Miskiiy ” friday mosque” (Friday Mosque) is the oldest mosque used by worshipers for Special Friday prayers, before opening of the Grand Friday Mosque , named Masjid-al Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu-al-A’z’am that can accommodate five thousand worshipers at a time.

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The Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al-Auzam is the Islamic Centre (officially named Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al-Auzam) is an architectural landmark in Male’. Opened on 11 November 1984, the mosque is the largest in the Maldives admitting over 5000 people. Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al-Azam also known as Al-Sultan Ghazi Muhammad Bodu Thakurufaanu ruled over the Maldives from 1573 to 1585 AD. 

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Muliaage is the official residence of the President of the Maldives. Located in the heart of Male, Muliaage lies in close proximity to the Friday Mosque and the Grand Minaret of Male, also known as Munnaru. Construction of the Muliaage was started in 1914 and was completed in 1919. The architecture of the Muliaage is highly reminiscent of the kind of buildings built during the colonial era in Sri Lanka. The Muliaage is very grand and spectacular in apparence and has been home to four Presidents of the Maldives till date. Unfortunately entry to the Muliaage is not allowed for visitiors and one can only admire the building from outside.

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National museum in Maldives is one of the main tourist attraction destinations of the country. Located in the Sultan Park, which was a part of the Sultan’s palace, it is basically a conversion of the old palace building. The museum has a valuable collection of objects of the past that depict the history and rich cultural heritage of the country. The Maldives national museum was opened for public display on the National Day, 1 Rabeeul Awwal 1372 A.H., (19th November 1952). It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Ameer Mohamed Amin Didi. The purpose of setting up the museum was to preserve the history of Maldives and to invoke the patriotic feelings of people.

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