Maldives Tourist Attractions
Malé Friday Mosque - An ancient decorated mosque which was originally constructed in 1658 AD under the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar I and made up of coral stone. The building is surrounded by a 17th century cemetery, with unique coral stone gravestones. The site also includes a coral stone minaret.
The mosque has a perimeter of 199 feet and the main building which is still used for conducting the daily prayers.
National Museum - the first National Museum of the country was opened on November 11, 1952 and values a large collection of historical artifacts, ranging from stone objects to fragments of royal antiquities from the Buddhist era to the rule of Islamic monarchs. The three-storied museum is located in the Sultan Park in Malé, which is part of the site of the Maldivian Royal Palace compound dating back to the 17th century. The interior of the museum has been retained from the days of the Sultanate, including the handwritten Qur'an engraved on the walls of the building.
Guraidhoo - is famous for its development and its the most developed island in the Maldives. Nowadays the island has a health post giving medical care for its islanders as well as the nearby island which is also managed by its women. Guraidhoo women had been involving its economic, social and development work significantly, where they contribute to the island. The island can be described as a trading point to the other islands in the atoll. The infrastructure and development in the island is an example for other islands of the Maldives. The people of the island are really friendly and are willing to lend any help they can to the visitors and other arriving guests.
Villingili - the only resort island in all of the Maldives. The island is also notable for having the highest natural elevation in the Maldives, an unnamed location of about 2.4 metres / 8 feet above sea level. This is the world's lowest national high point. To raise awareness on climate change, Maldives held an underwater cabinet meeting in 2009.
The Islamic Centre - an architectural landmark inMalé, The Centre also serves a conference hall where official meetings and ceremonies are held, an Islamic library and a number of offices. Its location near the main jetty of Malé and has a striking architecture of the mosque. The magnificent golden dome of the mosque is also evident on the skyline of Malé. The shining golden dome of the mosque is a standout as are also the interior walls decorated with beautiful woodcarvings and Arabic calligraphy.