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10 most recognisable places in Male - Exploring the capital city of the Maldives

The Maldives is a beautiful country with a collection of islands but Male which is the capital city is the most active and exciting island of them all.


Grand Friday Mosque

This mosque can accommodate up to 15000 individuals at one prayer time and has aptly been given the name due to its size and structure. The mos is fairly new and can be visited by tourists during non-prayer times from Saturday to Thursday.


Artificial beach

If there is one location in Male that is always crowded that is the artificial beach in the capital city. Being a collection of islands it is amazing that people are attracted to this artificial beach on a daily basis.


Hukuru Miskiiy

The Old Friday Mosque in Male which is also known as the Hukuru Miskiiy is a popular tourist destination. The architecture and the stone-paved pathways are a stunning creation which is worth a visit when you are in Male.


Male Fish Market

People gather at the Male fish market from dawn sometimes even before the vendors have arrived as they hope to get their hands on the fresh fish as soon as they arrive. You can see people from a Maldives beach resort or a five-star hotel the likes of Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi arriving earlier than the general population as they wish to buy a large quantity.


Male Local Market

Even if you do not purchase anything the Local Market in Male is worth a visit due to the experience you can gain. The different types of vendors with their colourful stalls alongside the buyers who are striving to find fresh food for affordable prices are a common sighting at the local market.


National Museum

The National Museum is a location where you can gain a lot of insight into the history, culture and other details of the Maldives. How the country was first discovered by Sri Lankans and then taken over by the Portuguese and how it then became an Arabic country are all explained in detail.


Tsunami Monument

This monument was built to remember those that lost their lives and got affected by the Tsunami that affected the whole of South East Asia on the 26th of December 2004. The monument is a popular tourist attraction and the best time to visit it is in the early hours between 6 am and 8 am.


Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu

The Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu is located in the grounds of a small mosque but is celebrated greatly as he is known as the hero of the Maldives. According to Maldivian history, Mohammed Thakurufaanu is known to have liberated The Maldives from the Portuguese rule and was the sultan of the country from 1573 to 1585.


Hakuraa Museum

Hakuraa Museum is not visited often due to the location as it is rather far away from the other attractions in the city but the architecture, colours and the fencing around the mosque makes it recognisable by anyone who has read about it. The mosque is still being used but there are very few people who gather at this mosque for prayers.


Hulhumale Mosque

The Hulhumale Mosque was opened in the 1990s and is officially known as Masjid a Sheikh Qasim bin Al-Thani. The mosque is named after Sheikh Qasim bin Al-Thani and is located in the northeast of Hulhumale in close proximity to the temple.