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Medhuziyaarai Magu

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Free

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Free, Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the "Old Friday Mosque," dates back to 1656 and is the oldest mosque in the country. The exterior is made of coral stone and features intricate designs and inscriptions from the Quran. While it may seem underwhelming to the average traveler from the outside, the inside of this mosque displays intricate woodwork and exquisite inlays.

Although admission is free, non-Muslim visitors are required to get permission from an official of the Ministry of Islamic affairs before entering (many staff here are officials and can grant access). You should dress conservatively if you want to gain entry to the mosque and plan on visiting outside of prayer times. Your best chances to get inside are Sunday through Thursday before the noon prayer; religious services are conducted on Friday and Saturday. You'll find the mosque on Hulhumale', just north of Velana International Airport.

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