Muliaage Palace in Maldives – Beyond The Beaches

It’s difficult to tear away from the sunny beaches of Maldives where you can enjoy long walks, water activities and simply the scenery. Apart from the beaches, try to make time to indulge in a bit of history too so a visit to Male is incomplete without stopping over at the delightful Muliaage palace.

Soak up the history

Many travellers wonder what to do in the Maldives, remember it’s not only about the beach you can also immerse yourself in history and culture of the place like the official residence of the President of the Maldives, that is located in the heart of the city. Started building in 1914 and completed in 1919 the architecture of the Muliaage palace is very similar to the buildings built during the colonial era in the neighboring Sri Lanka.

Architectural delight

The pretty pink roof, vibrant mosaic gate, and shades of blue and white of the front façade make Muliaage Palace a place you must visit. You can capture some enchanting photographs as well during a visit. Since the palace is located closely to many of the top attractions of the Malé city including the Grand Friday Mosque, National Museum, and the Sultan Park, walking from one place to the other is a great way to spend an afternoon in Male. If you closely located accommodation at a hotel like the Adaaran Select Meedhupparu you can enjoy not only the lavishing beauty of the location but also travel with ease to the city of Male.

How it all began

In early 1900, Sultan Muhammad Shamsuddeen III built the Muliaage Palace for his son and successor Prince Hassan Izzuddin. Colonial era bungalows inspired the palace’s architectural style. The palace served not only as the President’s official residence but also the residence of Crown Prince Hassan Izzuddin, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court of the Maldives. Prominent names in the world including Queen Elizabeth II has stayed in the palace during the time of Ibrahim Nasir the first president of the Maldives.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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