Whether you travel to the Maldives by boat or air the Islamic Centre of Maldives is an attraction that catches the eye of every visitor to the country. A landmark which was opened in 1984 by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is the largest mosque in the Maldives as well as in South Asia. Travellers visiting the Maldives Island for business or pleasure could find accommodation at a Maldives resort hotel which includes popular properties such as Anantara Veli Maldives Resort & Spa that offer guests the chance to go on excursions to places of interest such as these.
The Islamic Centre looks plain to the sight for some due to its stately structure in white. However upon getting a closer look the building which is built in white marble proves otherwise. Extra decoration is not needed as the Islamic Centre stands in its grandeur with a golden dome which looks magnificent on the skyline. Those who gain access to the mosque could witness wooden carved doors and side panels, walls adorned with Arabic calligraphy as well as beautiful woven carpets and dazzling chandeliers. The mosque frequented by locals during prayer times also feature a library, conference hall as well as classrooms for scholars. Since 2008 the Islamic Centre is home to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The three storey structure which could accommodate more than 5000 worshippers is one of the major attractions in Male. The convenient location and the beautiful architecture of the mosque makes it more attractive and is definitely one of the must visit sites in the Maldives. Do keep in mind of the attire when planning to visit the site, long trousers should be worn by men while the women are requested to wear long skirts or dresses.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.