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    Jumhoorie Maidan : Republic Square

    by ErwinKoo Written Jul 23, 2014

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    This venue is the most beautiful in Male' city ,estabilished in 1989 its located on the northern waterfront.Jumhoorie Maidan is also known as the Republic Square, nearby there's the tallest flagpole in Maldives , called the Bodu Dhida.Scenic view of the buildings in contrast of the Presidential Jetty ,made this venue a popular gathering spot for the Maldivians and for sure a perfect spot for tourists to take pictures.
    The Jumhoorie Maidan ,is located within the streets of Boduthakurufaanu Magu, and Ameer Ahmed Magu.Nearby ,there are some governmental buildings such as :the Islamic center and the headquarters of the National Security Service (NSS), and the National Police Station , Auditor General's office, Presidents office.
    When we visited this spot, on 25 June 2015 .Sri Lankan President ,visited Maldives , so there's quite a lot of military ,naval and policemen standing guard , lovely decoration of Maldives and Sri Lankan flags all over.Some of the streets are blocked due to security reasons.

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    Tsunami Monument

    by ErwinKoo Written Jul 23, 2014

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    The Tsunami Monument is located on the south eastern part of Male city, on the Boduthakurufaanu Magu.
    We rented a taxi , paid for Rf 150 for a 1+ hour of city tour and photo stops.
    This Tsunami Monument was dedicated for those who lost their lives in the boxing day 2004 Tsunami, originated from Aceh ,Indonesia.
    Some Maldivian died , many houses,buildings and businesses were destroyed.
    The sea surrounding of this monument is one of best spot for surfing within Male .
    We saw huge waves at the point near the lifeguard station.
    Worth a visit ,because of its history and uniqueness of the monument.
    Condition of the monument was quite in a good shape, but the surrounding was not very clean.

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    Nearby Islands

    by amlapura Written Feb 1, 2012

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    If you're staying only in Male', you can still easily wander around the few neighboring islands. Firstly, of course Hulhule where the airport is built on. Second, Vilingili island, located to the west of Male'. This is my favorite. It's about 30 minutes away by slow boat and cost only R15 one way. It's just another small island but many many times calmer than Male'. The beaches are suitable for snorkeling. I saw dolphins and a turtle while not snorkeling. I only snorkeled on the western beach. Lastly there's Hulhumale' island, which is kind of connected to Hulhule island, but you have to take a different boat to reach there. Hulhumale' is new and more structured but when I went there, development was still in progress. There's suitable beach for bathing but it looked like newly made and has no coral. I have a feeling that there are a few more islands that are also reachable by day trips but probably the boats are not that frequent. My general conclusion, wherever you are in Maldives, the sea is beautiful and mesmerizing.

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    old Cannons on the pier

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    2 old cannons are shown on the pier of Male port and while they might have made sense when defending the island in the past, the main problem of all of these lovely islands in the Maledives is the fact, that they are totally flat and some day when the arctic ice has melted and the waterlevel of the oceans had increased by 1 meter or more, these islands might disappear forever.

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    the pier for the tenderboats

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The pier-house for the tenderboats
    is the first thing that the cruise-passengers will see when arriving by tenderboat from their ships, as not a single of the international cruiseships will be able to dock in Male Island.
    this pier-hut is a great place to wait in the shade and watch the port-activities, while waiting for a tenderboat to take them back to the ship.
    Something else that I remember is the fact that there were almost no local people hanging around offering souvenirs etc.

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    Theemuge - The presidential palace

    by globetrott Written Aug 22, 2010

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    Theemuge - The presidential palace
    that might be the living-palace of the President of the Maledives and I passed by it accidentally when walking into some sidestreets close to the fish-market.

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    the cemetery

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The old cemetery
    I really love to take a walk through old cemeteries and this one in the Maledives had such interesting inscriptions and decorations. You can walk around this cemetery on your own without any restrictions, but there was a boy showing around the tourists and making some extra money on this. His english was quite poor and I could have done it just as well without his explanations...

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    The tomb of Kan'Baa

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The tomb of Kan'Baa Aisha Ranikilege
    Kan'Baa Aisha Ranikilege was the mother of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I and she was buried next to the old mosque in a tomb that looks like a small house with a basement-wall made of stone with several decorations and a wooden-wall on top.
    Some of the other tombs on this cemetery are built completely of stone.

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    Mulee Aage - the Presidential Palace

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    Mulee Aage - the Presidential Palace
    This is not really ment as a tourist-place, but it looks great and you can take a look through the fence and taking photographs that way is also no problem. There are guards and watchtowers, but you ill mostly not see them at all. Take a closer look at the wonderful gate of the palace with ornate decorations, you will see it in my last photo !

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    Supreme Court

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The Supreme Court of the Maledives
    That building obviously used to be a part of the former sultan's palace and you are allowed to step into its garden, where you will find a tomb. Unfortunately its forbidden to take photos inside of that tomb, but the park in front of the building had some great tropical flowers and the white walls against that special type of blue decorations was really great.

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    National Museum & Sultans park

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The National Museum & the Sultans park
    are the first sights that you might get to, when arriving by the tenderboats of your cruiseship.
    You can enter the Sultans Park any time during daytime and the entrance to the National Museum is inside the park as well. The museum was closed, while I was there, and to be honest, the park was not very special eighter. Just some very few flowers in a surrounding that would need a lot more care...

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    the new mosque

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The new mosque
    was built in 1984 and you will see its minaret aready from a large distance. Unfortunately non-muslims are not allowed to enter the park and the building, so I could just take a few photos from the fence.
    Take a look at my last photo: there is no half-moon on top of the minaret, but a full-moon !

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    Hukuru Miskiiy / the old mosqe

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    Hukuru Miskiiy / the old mosque
    At first you will see this old tower, that might have been used as a minaret and dates back to 1656 and behind a fence there is also the old mosque that was in service untill 1984, when it was replaced by the large new mosque.
    Non-muslims are not allowed to go inside the mosque, but you can take a look around the cemetery including a lot of tombstones as well as some royal graves.

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    Fish Market Walk-by

    by Gillybob Written Mar 5, 2010

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    Want to see just how fresh your fish is going to be if you're staying on Male? Then take a walk by the fish market which is located near the harbour on Male - you won't see fresher fish! Some will still be flapping about in the baskets that the catches have been transferred to ready for sale immediately.

    A very interesting experience and an opportunity to mingle amongst the locals!

    Latest fresh fish to arrive All set for sale Fresh for tea!
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    Friday Mosque Walk-by

    by Gillybob Written Dec 28, 2009

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    The Friday Mosque, or Hukuru Miskiiy, is not open to non-Muslims without a prior permit from the Supreme Council for Muslim Affairs. It is, however, still worth a walk by to see this interesting building surrounded by an even more interesting graveyard.

    The mosque was built in 1656 with the outside walls built of coral stones fitted together snugly without masonry.

    The adjacent graveyard contains many graves with elaborate headstones - pointed headstones indicate the grave of a male whilst curved indicated female graves.

    The mosque served as the island main site of worship until 1984 when the Grand Mosque replaced it.

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