One of the first places to visit in the Maldives when you’re in Malé is the Grand Friday Mosque. The popular attraction also goes by the names Old Friday Mosque, the Malé Friday Mosque, and the MaléHukuruMiskiy. Situated in Kaafu Atoll, the monument stands tall against the test of time and majestic. Opened in 1658, The Grand Friday Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Malé.
Apart from being the largest in the Maldives, it is also one of the largest in south Asia, accommodating more than 5,000 people at once. Thanks to the intricate architecture and its proximity to the main jetty, the mosque is a major tourist attraction in Malé.
The mosque is renowned for its golden dome and its interiors and wood carvings. It stands opposite to the National Security Service Headquarters and is open for tourists from 9 AM to 5 PM and times outside prayers. The best time to visit the mosque is between 2 and 3 in the noon.
If you are keen on knowing more about the place and its history, you can approach the staff members who will help you out with the information you seek. However, you need to be well dressed to meet the standards. It is mandatory that men wear full-length trousers and women wear long skirts or body-covering dress.
Location: MedhuziyaaraiMagu, Malé, Maldives
Known for: Its intricate architecture and heritage
How to reach: Reach JumhooreeMaidan and find the National Security Service Headquarters. The Mosque stands opposite to it. There are ferries operating from the islands (except Fridays) and will charge you approximately Rs. 150 for a two-way ride. It takes 90 minutes to reach from Maafushi islands.
Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM
Approximate Charges: None