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Go For : Shopping, Mosques, Culture
Time : Half Day to Full Day
Male’ is one of the world’s smallest capital cities —under three square kms. You’ll most likely stumble onto Republic Square, which constantly bustles with life, and you should stop by the National Museum, which is housed in the former Sultan’s Palace. As you meander along the city’s thoroughfares, you’ll notice numerous mosques. And although you may want to venture inside, be cautious and polite: foreigners, particularly non-Muslim ones, are not welcome in some.
Go For : Culture, History
Time : Half a Day
After the Maldives became a republic, the country established the National Museum. Located in the former Sultan’s Palace, the museum has preserved valuable relics since 1952. Here, visitors are treated to a spectacular display of regal objects, ornate attire, coins, royal sunshades, jewelry and thrones. There are even artifacts from the pre-Islamic era, almost a thousand years ago. Having received a multi-million dollar facelift in 2012, courtesy of the Chinese government, the National Museum now has more space to showcase its collection. Admission fee is 50 MVR, about ₹200.
Go For : Culture, Shopping
Time : Less than an Hour
If you wish to catch a glimpse of Maldivians’ daily lives, look no further than the Male’ Fish Market. This is the commercial epicenter of arguably the country’s most important industry — fishing. Here, the foot traffic peaks in the afternoon as fishermen from the entire country sail right up to the edge of the market and unload the daily catch. Tuna is the most popular fish for sale, but you’ll find some other types as well.
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)
Go For : Religion, Atmosphere, Art
Time : Few Hours
Hukuru Miskiiy, or “Old Friday Mosque,” has sat in Male’ since 1656. When you stand outside of it and look at the less-than-spectacular façade, you might think: “What’s all the commotion about?” You’ll have to venture inside for the answer. Displaying incredible craftsmanship, the interior contains intricate woodwork and exquisite inlays.
Although admission is free, non-Muslim visitors are required to get permission before entering. Visiting hours are unclear, but you’re best chances to get inside are Sunday through Thursday as religious services are conducted on Friday and Saturday.
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