The Malé HukuruMiskiy or the Old Friday Mosque in Malé was built by expert carpenters by the names of Ali MaavadiKaleyfaanu and Mahmud MaavadiKaleyfaanu. Built using coral boulders that are scattered throughout the area, this fantastic jewel of Islamic architecture is a must-visit place during your stay at a luxury hotel in Maldives the likes of Velassaru Maldives.
The Old Friday Mosque is located opposite several landmarks in the Maldives such as MedhyZiyaaraiy and the Mulee’aage Palace.
Ibrahim Iskandar ruled the Maldives when the Old Friday Mosque was built in 1658. It is said that it was built over another mosque that was constructed in the past by Mohamed Bin Abdullah, the first Muslim Sultan of the country after he converted to the Islamic faith.
The prayer carpet is oriented towards the northwest corner of the Old Friday Mosque so that devotees can face Mecca during prayers. This carpet can accommodate around 1372 worshippers if each person occupies a space. The entire mosque can approximately hold 10,700 people.
Built out of interlocking blocks of corals, the Old Friday Mosque features three entrances and two prayer halls. The mosque showcases intricately carved inscriptions of the Quranic script. Its stunningly beautiful ceiling is indented in steps.