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Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), Male

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Explore the history of the oldest religious structure in the Maldives at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), built entirely out of crushed coral in 1658. Inspect the intricate decorations carved into the coral walls and throw a coin into the small well in the courtyard for good luck. Afterwards, wander through the small graveyard at the back of the mosque, where the height of the tombstone indicates the person's social status, with round tops for women and pointed tops for men. Keep in mind that in order to enter, non-Muslims must obtain permission from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. With our custom trip planner, Male attractions like Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A place which not is striking because its construction was used coral, beyond that is an old mosque which does not dazzle
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  • There's a big story about this place, if you read the info or have a good guide. In my group we don't have the latter. So I don't know the story about the tombs, wells or anything. Read the info guys....  more »
  • Maldives oldest mosque in the 1600s. Seems to be. Also the graveyard of the local potentate. Things and formally put in (which is permitted), and serves as a working mosque. In the way of Gravekeeper "or Muslim? "And asked, 'am Buddhist' and replied that us smiling about"so what"(but admitted during the course)
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  • One of the most popular tourist attractions as it is one of the few places preserved from the mid 1600's
  • Also known as Male Friday Mosque. Built by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar I in 1658 on top of an older mosque. Built using coral boulders which hardens when dry. It looks grey and very2 old. Unlike other mosque, the carpet is slanted to face the direction of Kaabah.
  • A must see place in Male'. One of the oldest mosque dating from 1656 The Malé Friday Mosque or the Malé Hukuru Miskiy (Maldivian: މާލެ ހުކުރު މިސްކިތް) is one of the oldest and most ornate mosques in the city of Malé, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. Coral boulders of the genus Porites, found throughout the archipelago, are the basic materials used for construction of this and other mosques in the country because of its suitability. Although the coral is soft and easily cut to size when wet, it makes sturdy building blocks when dry. The mosque was added to the tentative UNESCO World Heritage cultural list in 2008 as unique examples of sea-culture architecture. via Wikipedia
  • Best place to see historic stone engraving in Male'
  • The stone engraving done in this mosque is a marvellous art of work. Though it more than 300 years the works remains the same

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Due to the city's dense population, you may be hard-pressed to find spacious accommodations at any time of year in Male. If you're here in transit to one of the surrounding resorts, you may not be able to avoid Male's high prices, as transfers to the islands are generally only possible during daylight hours. The rooms in the hotels, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses of Male are on the whole clean, if basic. For more affordable options head to the nearby isle of Hulhumale: a ten-minute boat ride away, this spot proves popular with backpackers.
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