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    Sultan Park

    by Gillybob Updated Dec 28, 2009

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    This rather run-down little park gives opportunity to take a break in the shade. It was built over the remains of the Sultan's Palace in the 1960s and still houses the National Museum, which is inside one of the previous palace buildings.

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    The Islamic Centre

    by Gillybob Updated Dec 27, 2009

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    The largest mosque in the Maldives is also home to the Islamic Centre. It can be seen when approaching Male from any direction, its golden dome dominating the skyline.

    The building symbolises the importance of the Islamic religion to the country's inhabitants and was completed in 1984. The mosque holds up to 5,000 people and there is also an Islamic library, conference hall, classrooms and offices.

    Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu-al-A'z'am and the Islamic Centre welcomes visitors, including non-Muslims, to Male to enter the centre daily from 09:00 until 17:00 excepting at prayer times. Photography and video filming is not allowed past the stairs.

    The Islamic Centre Tower On the stairs
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    Do the spa after hard trip of diving

    by Restless-in-kl Written Oct 27, 2007

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    Hulhule Island Hotel, the closest to the airport has opened a brand new spa located close to its swimming pool. Now this is the hotel that I would stay instead of in Male if I can afford it. It's way too expensive at more than US$250 a night!

    The spa has its own building and a resident baby white tip shark swimming around the water feature at the base of the floor to ceiling glass window. Staffed by Asian therapists from Philippines and Bali, the massages are more Asian-styled and was pretty good.

    Expect to pay premium prices though as this is Maldives after all.

    Spa at Hulhule Hotel
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    City Scene III

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Besides narrow roads and old buildings the city offers also a contrast with the modern part where banks, insurances and hotels can be found. The skyline originates from recent years and is the business centre of Male and the Maldives.

    The skyline
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    The Port

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    For any visitor this is your point of arrival, by cruise ship the tender service of the vessel will bring you ashore here, or if you land at the airport the boat shuttle will transfer you from the airport island to the capital city. Male does not have a deep water port hence cruise ships have to throw anchor offshore. With all the local traffic and fishing vessels this is another busy part of the city.

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    Hukuru Miskiy

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Surrounded by an ancient grave yard close to the Botanical gardens one can find the Hukuru Miskiiy, or the Old Friday Mosque. It was built in 1656 during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I. The interior and exterior walls of this historic mosque, built with coral stones, are intricately carved with Arabic writings and ornamental patterns. The roof, window frames, and doors are made of different types of wood including teak, red sandalwood, and redwood.

    Part of the old mosque
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    The Muslim Grave Yard

    by MikeAtSea Updated Nov 28, 2006

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    Crossing the Botanical Gardens one will reach the old muslim grave yard where many old tombstones can be seen. The compound of the graveyard and adjacent old mosque also encloses a number of ancient tombstones erected in memory of past sultans, heroes, and nobles.

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    The Main Market III

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Fresh products, such as vegetables need to be imported from India or Sri Lanka. But since the island group is in the middle of the Tropics many fruits grow here, that are also sold on the main market. Coconuts are offered to passing tourists as a refreshment. The locals cut the fruit in half or simply hammer a hole into the shell and one can enjoy the fresh juice of the coconut.

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    The Main Market II

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    The proximity to Asia and particularly India can bee seen with all the spices that are on offer on the market. Curries, saffron and chilies all part of the diet also here on the Maldives. And most of the spices are offered at a bargain, if you are looking for fresh and inexpensive spices here is the place to do your shopping.

    The Main Market
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    The Mulee Aage

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Another stunning house in Male is the Mulee-aage, the former Presidential Palace. The building was originally built by Sultan Shamsuddeen III for his son just before the First World War. After the sultan and his son were banished in May 1936, the house was declared a government property. The Mulee-aage was officially declared and used as an office complex by subsequent governments. After the country became a Republic in 1953, the Mulee-aage became the President's Official Residence. In 1986, the house was renamed the Presidential Palace and was upgraded to hold official functions and to accommodate visiting Heads of States and other foreign dignitaries. Mulee-aage is currently used as the President's office.

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    The Grand Friday Mosque

    by MikeAtSea Updated Nov 28, 2006

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    Very close to the Botanical Gardens is the main mosque of Male. Here the majority of the islands population would gather for Friday prayer. The buildings large facade is quiet impressive. Though non muslim visitors have to remove their shoes first and have to ask permission to enter the mosque. It is the an architectural landmark of Male and was opened in November 1984. The name of the mosque is Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu-al-A'z'am and it is the biggest in the Maldives, accommodating more than 5,000 worshippers.

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    The Main Market

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Anywhere in the world one of my favourite past times is to explore the local market and enjoy the colours, smells and the interaction with the local population. Male Market is situated on the Northern part of the island and is a bustling and busy centre. Vendors offering their goods one louder then the other, others simply relaxing or even sleeping in the midst of the busy activities. If you are on Male you should not miss visiting this part of town.

    The Main Market
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    City Scene II

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    A large water feature can be seen next to the Sultans Park. Even though the city appears to be packed on top of each other the city planners have in recent years tried to modernize Male and also bring features into the city to make it more attractive.

    City Scene
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    City Scene

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Being the most densely populated city on earth most of the side streets are narrow lanes. The main transport for the locals to get from one side of the island to the other are motorbikes and one has to be careful not to be knocked down by a speeding local who shoots by. The side lanes offer many small businesses and local restaurants and allow to venture into the life of the locals.

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    The National Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens one can find a small colonial building that houses the National Museum of the Maldives. The museum offers an interesting collection of paintings, pictures and artifacts of early Male and the various islands. It gives a very good impression of the colonial phases and the connections within the region. A must to visit!!

    The National Museum
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