Male: what to see?

Male: what to see?

Jumhooree Maidan Park was open in 1989, and this place became a center of family leisure time. Citizen of the Capital enjoy walking its lanes and passing spending time with their children. The park stretches along the northern breakwater of Male and rejoices its visitors with blossoming walkway and attractive landscapes. It opens a view of the new president residence with the national flag floating in the wind.JumhooreeMaidan
Sultan Park is placed near Chaandhanee Magu street and it is open for capital guests from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. every day but Friday. Before 1988 this place was occupied by a luxury Sultan palace, and it was ruined along with the events of the Second Republic. Sultan gardens were changed into a park and only one phase of the royal residence reminds of the former history of this area. Besides, the park is the only green island in Male. Here one can have a wonderful rest and renovate forces encircled by vivid green, water lilies, scenting roses, savage orchids and banyan ficuses.sultan park
National Museum welcomes visitors in the remaining palace phase of the Sultan Park. At the entrance you can see a memorial plate, a silent witness of the coup attempt of 1980. In the museum one can find two Japanese motorbikes, pumped with bullets, recalling the second coup attempt of Maldives, made in 1988. Exhibits of the ground floor are related to the times when Islam religion came to the country. They are varnished items, pikes, daggers and a magnificent palanquin, made for solemn Sultan’s displacements. High interest represent archeological treasures of Thor Heyerdahl, found in 1980s, that is sculptures from Buddhist temples, brought from the atolls of the   archipelago, the cult tantric stone with the image of five faces and Buddha footprint.
The second floor is occupied by the exposition of musical instruments, that were played along ritual ceremonies – they are bodi beru and big drums, colored with black, scarlet ans white varnish. See here also models of traditional dhony boats. On the third floor one can find private things of monarchs of the 6 ruling dynasties: clothes, ceremonial umbrellas, state stamps, coins and jewelery, and also feast dress of Takurufan, national hero who released Maldives from conquerors. Yet the most interesting sow-pieces of the National Museum are a Buddha head made of wood and a wooden sculpture board from Hukuru Miskiy, with Arabic inscription,  dated by the period of Maldivian islamisation.National Museum Male
Muleeaage Palace is a blue and white building in colonial style, built in 1914 opposite Hukuru Miskiy by the plan of a Sri-Lankanian architect. The palace is smothered in marvelous garden, once it was set for the son of sultan Shams al-Din III, but when the ruler passed away, the inheritor was not fated to ascend to the throne. In 1953 republican state was declared on Maldives, and the palace became into the President residence. Though, in 1994, the head of the state Gayoom has left its walls, changing it for a new place – Theemuge.
Mosques. There’s no Muslim country without splendor of svelte minarets. Though in Maldivian republic it is easy to pass by a minaret or a mosque without noticing it, for religious architecture is very modest here. The capital has the total of 25 mosques, and two of them deserve special attention.Presidential Palace
Islamic center and Grand Mosque: one of the largest Asian centers is situated on the crossroads of two streets of the capital: Chaandhanee Magu and Medhuziyarai Magu. It sparkles with the golden dome under sun rays. The six-store Islamic center was open in 1984, it is sponsored by the sultans of Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Livia. It is a place of High council meetings, and comprises lecture halls, a library and a conference hall. Still, a real sight is considered to be the Grand or Friday mosque, capable to locate into its praying hall up to 5 000 faithful people. The hall is named in honor of Muhammad Thakurufaanu who liberated the state from unbelieving Portuguese Christians.
The both buildings manifest beliefs and prosperity of the Republic of Maldives. They were built by a project of a Malaysian architect. It is incredibly light and beautiful inside: marble floors are slabbed with Greek tiles, large preaching hall is covered with luxurious Pakistani carpets, painted by lines from Koran and decorated with a plank by Maldivian craftsmen. When visiting Muslim relic, you have to pay due respect to their traditions: wear clothes that will cover hands and legs, put off shoes in front of the entry and wash your feet in ritual pools. And you’d better leave your camera in a hotel room. Thus, you can easily refuse guard escort offered to you at the entrance, for you don’t have to pay for a sight that you can see without any assistance.Friday Mosque
Hukuru Miskiy is an incomparable example of Maldives craftsmen skills. It was built in 1658 by order of sultan Ibrahim Iscandar I and it still decorates Medhuziyarai Magu street. It is impossible to notice any joint of blocks on the coral walls of the mosque, and its interior delights the eye with fret boards of teak and sandalwood with engraved quotes from Koran, and also by amazing ornaments.photoHukuru Miskiiy
The mosque is constructed on the place of a pagan temple of the Sun God, its preacher hall is looking east and to keep up to sacred dogmas, faithful people turn their face to the corner of the hall. Officially, only Muslims are allowed in here, and tourists have to receive permission from the Religious administration. And still, if you will come not in a big company and not in hours of prayer, you’ll be let in. Of course, you have to respect traditions, and if you happen to meet an English-speaking person, you’ll find out a lot of facts from the temple history.hukuru-miskiy-mosque thombs
Not far from the mosque there rises a white prayer tower Minnaruu, decorated with blue stripes that fringe Arabic call for prayer. It was built in 1675 by order of sultan Ibrahim Iscandar I, inspired by his journey to Mecca. Nearby there is a cemetry, where sultans, their wifes and dignitaries are burried. Chapels with fine carving complement the ensemble of funeral stelas in the garden. Half-round tops of the stelas indicate women graves, those with sharp peaks point at men graves.

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Bandara Miskiiy is a mosque with architecture that is unusual for Maldivians. With its balcony, red tiled roof and a long terrace, it reminds more of a house in Spanish style, then of a place of worship. The mosque is situated  not far from Theemuge residence.
Daruma Varitha Miskiiy is an unusual old mosque of green color was built near the western part of  Muleeaage palace and Sultan Park right after adoption of Islam in the country. After renewal, only inside apparel of the construction testify ancient history of the edifice with separated wooden screens and several sculptural elements. Bandara Mosque
Kalhu Vakaru Miskiiy – the mosque rises in south-eastern corner of the Sultan Park and beside historical and cultural value is interested by its sailing from island to island. Once it was placed oppisite the National Museum, till in 1970 the president Nasir auctionned off the building. In this way the mosque mved to the island Furana. Though, governor Gayoom ordered to return the esteblishment to Male and place it in the park.
Medhuziyaarai table tombs. At the corner of Muleeaage palace and opposite Hukuru mosque, hidden from curious eyes by a wall made of coral blocks, there’s a chapel, decorated with white flags. The most respected relic of the Republic of Maldives is a grave of a Muslim traveler Abu al Barakat al-Barbari who is responsible for converting country population to Islam religion.hukuru-miskiy-mosque
Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu. Near a small chapel in Nilafaru-Magu street, a national hero of Maldives who in 1573 released archipelago from Portugese, rests in peace. In his honour Maldivians named the preacher hall of the Grand Mosque and one of the most important arterials of Male, Great Thakurufaanu street, or Bodu-Thakurufaanu-Magu.

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