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Top cultural sights and venues in the Maldives - Experience history without books!

The Maldives is a collection of many smaller islands, each one having their own rich history that dates back to more a hundred years. For some of the best cultural sites and places to check out while on a vacation here, read on.


Bluetribe moofushi

The history of Maldives has always been connected to its deep blue waters and also the many water sports it has to offer for its visitors. This island is one of the best places you can find to experience the many adventurous water sports such as kayaking wind so fishing diving and a whole lot more. Bluetribe Moofushi is also apt for viewing various marine wildlife like whale sharks, manta rays and countless other kinds of brightly coloured Maldivian fish.


Utheemu ganduvaru

This is the residential place of Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan. This respected person played a huge part in the history of Maldives. Known for many things this historic figure is best remembered for his daring action in saving the people of the island back in the day from its Portuguese conquerors. Celebrated as a hero of this beautiful nation, this island has thus created itself an important place in the archives of Maldivian history. If you are on the lookout for a place to stay while you visit the locations on this list, Ellaidhoo Maldives By Cinnamon is a great option.


Hukuru miskiiy

One of the most iconic buildings in the Maldives and one of the most historically significant ones would be this place. This building is a 15th-century mosque that was built by the Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar. This mosque is special because it was built using different kinds of coral that have further been engraved on to with breathtaking artwork. Once you enter the mosque you will also see beautiful wooden panels that have been inscribed with the prayers in Arabic. Another iconic part of the mosque is the tombstones of the sultans, nobles and heroes which were made using more corals and can be seen right outside the mosque within the cemetery. After many years, even today, this mosque stands as a functional building and is a definite must see on your list of things to do in Maldives.


Banana Reef

The banana reef is named as such because of its clear banana shape. This reef stretches from the north to the south across a span of about 300 m. You will be able to see a wide collection of beautiful marine life including the bannerfish, napoleon wrasse and even moray eels.


National Museum

The capital of Maldives is quite a small city but has many attractions within itself that you could spend a day or two exploring. Especially if you're trip has a few days set aside to check out the cultural sites and venues in the nation, this is a must visit. The national museum is one of the main attractions in the capital, male. This building is located right inside a beautiful public park. Before it became a museum, this building was actually part of an old palace which was later converted and opened for public. This place is home to many ancient exhibits and archaeological discoveries including various stone carvings and the royal family's belongings. The items displayed at this museum range from historical to cultural importance that come from both the Islamic and the pre-Islamic eras of Maldivian history.