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Islamic Centre’s Grand Friday Mosque

Medhuziyaarai Magu, Malé, Maldives
| +960 302-0200
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Islamic Centre’s Grand Friday Mosque Malé  Maldives
Islamic Centre’s Grand Friday Mosque Malé  Maldives

Islamic Centre’s Grand Friday Mosque

Few people think of history or architecture when it comes to the Maldives, what with the pristine beaches and luxurious overwater bungalows typically getting all the glory. So it might come as a surprise that Male’s crown jewel is the Islamic Centre’s Grand Friday Mosque, an impressive whitewashed building marked with a sweeping staircase and a gleaming golden dome. This place of worship can host about 5,000 people, though it's worth noting that non-Muslim tourists can only explore the interior outside of prayer times, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A dress code is also strictly enforced, with men required to wear long pants and women a long skirt or dress. It’s worth stopping by the nearby Hukuru Miskiy (Friday Mosque), the city’s main place of prayer prior to the construction of the Grand Friday Mosque.