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Updated by Auburn Silver on Feb 17, 2016
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Maldives Tourist Attractions – Tropical Allures and Fun Activities

The archipelago dominated by sun sand and surf is chock full of attractions. You get the plethora of water sports and island lures while the cultural attractions are plentiful and quite fascinating.

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The Grand Friday Mosque

The Grand Friday Mosque

The Masjid-al Sultan Mohammed Thankurufaanu-al-A Zam is the largest mosque in the Maldives. The iconic monument was constructed way back in 1656 by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar. The mosque can hold up to 5000 patrons and is also home to the well-recognised Islamic Centre. Standing out amidst Male's building is the glittering golden dome of the mosque. The mosque itself is a renowned piece of fine craftsmanship inlaid with coral engravings, tall minarets and the mausoleums of royalty and national heroes.

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The National Museum of Maldives

The National Museum of Maldives

The National Museum is one of the country's main attractions. It is located within the Sultans Garden which belongs to the former Sultans Palace. Browsing the museum will reveal a marvellous collection of historical artefacts that depict the glamourous cultural heritage of the Maldives. The artefacts on display comprise of the Sultans possessions, ornaments, jewellery, garments of past kings and queens, arms and armour, stone artefacts, vintage photos and paper manuscripts. Many of the resorts Maldives is home to reflect the grandeur and comforts displayed at the museum. These are fabulous abodes that let you enjoy total rest and relaxation. Sitting on this natural playground is the PER AQUUM Niyama Maldives.

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Mulee Aage Palace

Mulee Aage Palace

This attraction is located right opposite the Friday Mosque. It was constructed in 1906 by Sultan Mohammed Shamsudeen III. This was a gift to his son; however the palace fell into the ownership of the government once the Sultan was over thrown. Today the colonial style building is used as the President's office. It is indeed a treat to explore with beautiful and intricate white carvings.

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Hukuru Miisky

Hukuru Miisky

Built in 1656 the Hukuru Miisky is the oldest mosque in the Maldives. The beautiful structure is made with coral stones and features intricate wood carvings. The walls are adorned with Arabic writing and ornamental motifs. The doors and windows are created using varied types of wood while roaming the compound will reveal ancient tombstones.

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Esjehi Art Gallery

Esjehi Art Gallery

Located on the eastern edge of Sultans Park the Esjehi Art Gallery is housed within one of the oldest buildings in the capital, Male. The sole purpose of the gallery is to promote the talents of past and present artists of Maldives. Traditional and modern works of art are on display there while regular workshops ensure local artists are given enough prominence. You may be in time to catch an interesting exhibition there while the cosy interiors are inlaid with intricate wood carvings.

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Artificial Beach of Male

Artificial Beach of Male

Ironically although the gorgeous archipelago is blessed with powdery white sand beaches the capital Male does not have many. This is why the recently created artificial beach is quite a big hit. It is a gathering place for the locals to enjoy the sea breeze, leisurely walks and summer sun. The beach also features regular entertainment in the form of musical shows, carnivals etc.