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5 Most Historic Places in the Maldives - Must visit places!

The Maldives economy is bolstered by the tourism industry. It is the main pillar holding the country's economy in a place. Although, the Maldives is known as a tropical paradise, there are also some interesting places to visit for the history bums, read on to find out.


British War Memorial

The Maldives used to be a protectorate of the British. To learn about the British history of the Maldives, you must head to the British War Memorial that is situated on Gan Island. This used to be a military base back in the day and there are many monuments that honour the soldiers of the British Army who served from 1941 to 1976. There are 2 World War II cannons which also somehow looks like it is watching over this memorial. As many of these historical sites are located on different islands, it is always better for you to book a Maldives luxury resort that can be easy to head out from. For instance, you can check out a property like Adaaran Select Meedhupparu.


Kandu Valu Mosque

As an Islamic country, there are many brilliantly designed mosques you can visit in the Maldives. However, this mosque, in particular, is known for its ties to a prominent figure called Mohammed Thakurufaanu. It is rumoured that this religious figure had actually prayed here giving an insight as to how old this mosque actually is. This is an ancient mosque that has a remarkable history.


Thoddoo Buddhist Temple

There is also much evidence of another religion being practice widely in Maldivian history. The Buddhist history has been uncovered in many of the islands right through the Maldives. This is one of the temples you must visit that was discovered quite recently back in the 1950s. This temple was in fact excavated which revealed many pieces of evidence of Buddhism being practised here. There are several artefacts which were uncovered too!


The Kalhu Vakaru Mosque

This is another mosque that is embedded in Maldivian history and is quite popularly known to the locals as the travelling mosque. This is because it has been relocated many times. This iconic historical landmark was established almost 200 years ago in the year of 1789. It was widely admired for its brilliant architecture where it used wooden beams to support the structure. Initially, the mosque was established in the capital city in Mali, however, it was then disassembled and moved to other islands.


Kuruhinna Tharaagandu

This is a very popular archaeological site which was discovered on Kaashidhoo Island. It is located very close to Male and you can easily travel to the side from the capital city. This archaeological site has proven that in ancient times this place used to be a Buddhist monastery. This is one of the most prominent historical sites in the country and seems to have been used during the time of the pre-Islamic period of the country which started during the seventh or eighth century. Excavations even now still reveal many historical facts.

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