Historical Places in Maldives

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Historical Places in Maldives

Small Beautiful country Maldives is home for several ancient historical sites depicting the rich culture and heritage of Maldivians. Most of the historical sites in the Maldives are Muslim monuments which have a centuries-old history.

Here is the list of 18 Historical Places in Maldives

1. Tomb of Muhammad Thakurufaanu, Maldives

Located in the backstreets of the Male town is the tomb of Maldives' national hero, Mohammed Thakurufaanu Al-Auzam who liberated the nation from the Portuguese colonial rule. The tomb is visited by many to pay respect to one of the greatest rulers of Maldivian islands. The magnificent blue-white tomb incarnated with crafted steps, tall pillars and beautiful arches commemorates his determination which instilled the sense of freedom and independence in the citizens of the country.

2. Male Friday Mosque, Maldives

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One of the oldest surviving mosques of Male in Kaafu Atoll is the Male Friday Mosque, also known as the Malé Hukuru Miskiy. With every corner ornate from inside out, the mosque dates back to the year 1658. Its unique architecture and intricate carvings on the walls became the reason for why it was listed in UNESCO tentative World Heritage Cultural List 2008.

3. Medhu Ziyaaraiy Shrine, Maldives

Situated near the great Hukuru Miskiiy in Maldives, Medhu Ziyaaraiy is the tomb of the famous Morocco scholar Abdul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary who is credited for the advent of Islam in the Maldives during 1153 AD. The tomb is a symbol of peace which prevails among the Maldivian population. According to folklore, Abdul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary helped the people of the Maldives get rid of the sea demon to escape from whose wrath, every month, a virgin girl was left alone for him in the temple, only to be found dead the following day.

4. Grand Friday Mosque, Maldives

The Grand Friday Mosque in Male is one attraction that, with its towering golden dome, gathers the attention of all visitors. The mosque is part of the Islamic Centre which is at the Male's centre and is located right next to the main jetty of Male, thus making it easy to spot, even from the sea.

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5. The Kongannu Cemetery, Maldives

The oldest Cemetery in the beach paradise. The Kongannu Cemetery was constructed 900 years ago to bury the remains of the first Muslims of Addu Atoll. The place is filled with secrets of ancient royal families and is also home to the most massive tombstone present in the country and dates back to the 18th Century. The memorial belongs to one of the royals, and a lot of historical scripts are also present in this Cemetery. The ones who are intrigued by history, Kongannu becomes an ideal destination to confront the past of Maldives.

6. Utheemu Ganduvaru, Maldives

The historic house of Sultan Mohmed Thakrufaanu, one of the rulers of the Utheemu Dynasty who is remembered for the massive resistance he unleashed against the Portuguese colonisers during the 16th Century. The place is also inhabited by Haa Alif Atoll administrative people and hold an island-level administration. The site is 297 Kilometres away from the country’s capital Male and is a perfect destination for unravelling the history of the Utheemu Dynasty.

7. Feeboa Valhugandu, Maldives

A prime destination in the Upper North Province of Maldives that attracts loads of tourists. Located in Kanditheemu which is an inhabited island, the location stands to be a major tourist spot in the country.

8. Vasho Veyo, Maldives

One of the most historical places located in the city of Fuvahmulah. It is one of the inhabited islands where the inhabitants tend to speak a different kind of dialect. Though not many details are available about the island, Vasho Veyo serves as an essential site for gathering information. The location delineates the craft skills of the ancient people of the city and has a circular bath dug in the ground created from Porites coral stones.

9. Isdhoo Buddhist Stupas, Maldives

At the northernmost tip of the Atoll, Isdhoo Buddhist Stupas is the ideal location for tracing the history of the Buddhist in the Maldives. The place is filled with ruins of Buddhist Stupas as a lot of them were destroyed and replaced with mosques after the country’s conversion to Islam. This place became a major tourist spot after Buddhist images and artefacts were unearthed from the island.

10. Kalhu Vakaru Mosque, Maldives

This historic landmark was constructed in 1789 and has a fascinating history attached to it. Also known as the ‘Travelling Mosque’ this religious stories mosque was moved to numerous locations by the rulers. The intricate architecture becomes the reason of its admiration, and the structure created on a coral foundation that has engraved wooden pillars for support. Initially located in the capital Male, the landmark was dismantled and moved to another island only to get assembled back in Sultan Park in Male.

11. Thoddoo Buddhist Temple, Maldives

This place again lays evidence of Buddhism as a culture that once flourished in the Maldives. The site was discovered recently in the 1950s, and retains ruins of Buddhist artefacts. Presently the area holds temple wrecks, roman coins and some silver relics from the ancient times. A Buddhist statue buried in the nearby area is a clear hint that Buddhism was practised long back in the country. The area has become a significant tourist spot and highlights essential details about the religious history of the country.

12. Kandu Valu Mosque, Maldives

Although the exact date of the construction of this mosque remains a mystery, the place holds close connections to Mohammed Thakurufaanu, the former ruler of the Maldives Island from 1573 to 1585 AD. Located in Haa Alifu Atoll, it is believed that Thakurufaanu offered prayers here during his nonage and Mohanned Thakurufaanu's father was also buried in the cemetery present on the grounds of the mosque. People from a different religion however, are not permitted to enter the premises but can surely adore the architecture from the outside.

13. British War Memorial, Maldives

Constructed on the Gan Island in Addi Atoll, this place was established to pay homage to the British soldiers who died while serving in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1971. This iconic place also has cannons from World War 2 that are placed facing the Memorial to safeguard it.

14. Aasaari Miskiiy, Maldives

On the island of Nilandho stands second oldest mosque of the Maldives, which is rumoured to have been constructed by the founders of the country. The mosque was built from the ruins of the Hindu Temples in the 12th Century and has Arabic scriptures chiselled on the walls. An excellent place for history enthusiasts and for people who have an eye for architecture.

15. Ali Rasgefaanu Ziyaaraiy, Maldives

The tomb site of Ali Rasgefaanu Ziyaaraiy, who is also popularly known as King Ali VI. The tomb unravels the heart wrenching and gritty tale of Ali Rasgefaanu, who for his exceptional National service, will always hold a special place in the heart of the locals in the Maldives. It was after his execution in the 16th Century that Portuguese rule got instituted in the country.

16. Kuruhinna Tharaagandu, Maldives

A recently discovered archaeological site on the island of Kashidhoo. The site holds immense significance as a historical place and is predicted to be a former Buddhist Monastery. Used at the time of the pre-Islamic era during the 7th and 8th Century, the place sheds light on the Buddhist history of Maldives. Currently, excavations and research are in progress for unfolding more details about this site.

17. Darumavanta Rasgefanu Mosque, Maldives

t was primarily the construction of this mosque that veered the history of Maldives. The oldest mosque built in the country, Darumavanta Rasgefanu is a landmark destination. The mosque is named after the ruler himself who ruled the country during the conversion period from Buddhism to Islam and with the residents converted his religion. It was after the establishment of this that construction of mosques began in and around the island.

18. Tomb of Sultan Ibrahim III, Maldives

This tomb is an essential site of attraction for tourists and is located in the South of Ari Atolls. The tomb was built for Sultan Ibrahim III, a ruler of the Maldives who was killed during a foreign invasion. Sultan Ibrahim III is popularly remembered for using a sunshade on his throne, and is credited for establishing the same trend.

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