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    Hukuru Miskiiy / the old mosqe

    by globetrott Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    Hukuru Miskiiy / the old mosqe in Male
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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!

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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.

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    Friday Mosque Walk-by

    by Gillybob Written Dec 28, 2009

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    Hukuru Miskiiy
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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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    Sultan Park

    by Gillybob Updated Dec 28, 2009

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    Entrance to Sultan Park
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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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    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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    The National Museum

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    The national Museum is a small building hosted inside the Sultan's Park. Inside there's a little of everything, from the pre-islamic period to the islamic period. There are stone objects, royal antiquities, costumes and shoes and even an old coral stone head of Lord Buddha. And then there is also a miniature hand-written Qur'an (Koran), ho and a 13th century engraved wooden panel from Hukuru Miskiiy, the Friday Mosque built in 1656 during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar I.

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