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Male, the capital of the Maldive Islands is a thriving city of about 100,000 people. This charming city boasts a number of recognized landmarks which should be on the itinerary of every visitor to the islands.
One of Male’s prime attractions is Sultan Park and the National Museum it contains. Sultan Park is a tranquil garden within the bustling city, an oasis of greenery with leafy trees and ponds covered with water lilies. The National Museum features a comprehensive selection of items that belonged to Maldivian royalty; also on display are a variety of intriguing archaeological findings.
The Mulee Aage Palace dating to the early 18th century is another key attraction, an elegant colonial building built by a Maldivian Sultan. The palace is noted for its ornate white carvings. Adjacent to this edifice the visitor will see the Grand Friday Mosque, a magnificent architectural triumph featuring lovely coral engravings, an imposing gold dome and impressive minarets; inside you will find the tombs of members of royalty and national heroes.
The visitor will be thrilled by the attractive artificial beach in Male. Not to be missed are the multitude of shopping options available in the city; a good starting point would be the Local Market, a relatively peaceful neighbourhood where you can find local fruits, vegetables, yams, nuts and sweetmeats. On the other hand the Majeedhee Magu is filled with stalls vending handbags, garments, electronics and cosmetics. Meanwhile the Chaandanee Magu is renowned for imported products and souvenirs.
Not to be missed is the Male Fish Market, where the visitor will find a myriad of sea creatures and the opportunity to obtain an insight into the traditional Maldivian lifestyle.