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5 cool and underrated spots to check out in Male, Maldives - A highlight list

Apart from the beaches and luxury resorts, Maldives also has its share of cultural and religious attractions.


The Grand Friday Mosque

This is one of the biggest religious and cultural highlights in the country. Grand Friday Mosque is an impressive architectural creation that stands out amidst the skyline in the capital. The distinctive gold dome of the mosque is quite eye-catching and you can look at it from many parts of the island. The engraving in the mosque is intricately carved with an artistic hand indeed. This mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 people and be established in the late 1980s. The mosque is also home to a special Islamic library as well as a conference hall which is usually used to host official gathering and ceremonies.


The Old Friday Mosque

Living by its name, this is the oldest mosque in the Maldives. If you are staying at a Maldives water villa the likes of Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, you will be happy to find that these kinds of resorts offer tours that cover this site too. Dating back to the mid-17th century this mighty Mosque has a rich history and is known for its design elements, beautiful wood carvings and carving on corals. Highlights of this building include a distinctive white minaret which dates back to 1675.


The National Museum Of Maldives

No trip to any country is complete without you finding and learning a little bit about the history and culture of the country. For this, the best place to visit in the Maldives will be The National Museum. The Museum is, in fact, two buildings and can be found in Sultan Park. The older of the two buildings was once a part of the 17th century Royal Palace grounds. If you visit the National Museum you will be able to see a range of artefacts and exhibits which span across an impressive time period. The museum also has historical records of when the Maldives used to be a Buddhist Nation before it became the Islamic Nation it is today.


The Maldives Fish Market

To get an idea of what life is like for the people who live in the Maldives, you definitely must make time to visit the local fish market. Here, you will be able to see the fishermen bring in the fresh catch of the day and you will also be able to purchase a variety of items like freshly caught sea creatures, vegetables and fruits


Majeedhee Magu

If you want to get some shopping done in the Maldives then look no further than this street. Found on the main road of the capital city of Maldives, this place is home to a wide range of shops that sell everything under the sun. Whether you need jewellery, electronics, cosmetics or more, you will find everything here. You can also get your souvenir shopping done at this place in the Maldives.

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