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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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  • Old coral stone mosque white with dark wood in a beautiful contrast. Several tombs and gravestones as well on the same stone. Very nice to visit.
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  • Shot for about two hours, interesting. Hiccups very expensive luggage. We didn't enter into the mosque, it is not allowed, because the ablutions before prayer, visited the cemetery, curious the gravestone different for men and women.
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  • Lovely mosque, to visit in order to know some history of the Maldives. Shame about the ride too fast in Malé, waiting for the plane.
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  • A unique old mosque in an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a testimony of a great effort in the Islamic daawah. The mosque with a complex of mousoleums and grave yards with tombstones is usual layout of the old mosque. The shallow ablution wells still working with a unique water bucket. The mosque architecture is unique on layout and design. It has 2 entrances on its side and main enterance facing the qibla. Each entrance has its own well for ablution. The building has a unique pattern from coral as walls and inside the material is marble. The roof structure, windows, doors, and ceiling are made from large timber members and ornated. The kalima on the roof beams dictacted the chinese motif with reddish hue. The size of the mosque is small as the population is small.
  • 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.[1] The mosque was added to the tentative UNESCO World Heritage cultural list in 2008 as unique examples of sea-culture architecture.
  • The Malé Friday Mosque or the Malé Hukuru Miskiyis 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.[1] The mosque was added to the tentative UNESCO World Heritage cultural list in 2008 as unique examples of sea-culture architecture.[1]
  • I just loved the mosque, it is one of the world wonders, made from coral stone! Love it. And everyone must visit it!
  • One of the few preserved mosques from the old age.