Top 10 Historical Sites in The Maldives: Pleasurable Surprizes

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Did you know? It is believed that an exiled prince of the Kalinga kingdom established Maldives somewhere around 269 B.C! Since then, Maldives has come a long way to be one of the most sought after tourist destinations globally. It is most famous as a place where the Indian Ocean is blessed by marvelous marine gems, welcoming tourists to delight in.

But is this all Maldives has under its belts? The answer is no! You would be amazed to know that the Maldives is a cornerstone of historical marvels as well. And guess what? Exploring the historical sites of Maldives will give you a deeper insight into its past. And when history is taken seriously, it broadens up your travel experience like never before. Don’t you think so?

Historical sites in the Maldives are the fresh reason for the tourism boom in this island nation. And it shows no sign of slowing down.

A Positive Shift in Maldives Tourism Because of Its Historical Monuments

The powder white beach, crystal clear lagoons, overwater bungalows with private beach access has been captivating travelers over many years in the Maldives. But now, the history buff in the Maldives will be spoiled with choices. This island nation is peppered across the Indian Ocean and still manages to be one of the best ancient kingdoms of historical sites, monuments in Asia. Learn about the heritage of the Maldives on your Maldives vacations.

How Many Historical Monuments Are There in the Maldives?

Several must-visit historical landmarks in the Maldives brimming with sacred beliefs, mysterious religions of the past. Many of the Maldives’ top-rated historical attractions reflect the bygone Maldives’ ancient craftsmanship, fishing history, birthplace, and ruling grounds of the Maldives majestic icons. The Maldives culture has a huge influence on Arab, Indonesian, African, Sri Lankan, and Indian.

Is the Maldives a Good Destination for a Historical Retreat?

Yes. Indeed! Definitely! The beauty of the Maldives treasures and the splendor of the island steeped in history, when explored with the combination of overwater bungalow stays, underwater dining experience, personifies your Maldives holidays purpose.

Satisfied with the good reasons to trust the Maldives for historic exploration?

Take a good look at these top 17 famous historical monuments in the Maldives and plan your next photoshoot location there.

1. Victory Monument

Victory memorial, Maldives

Victory Memorial is a striking and popular monument in the Maldives and is the symbol of victory. It was made to commemorate the victory of the terrorist attack on 3 November 1988 by Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers. The monument lists the names of the martyred civilians, servicemen on the black slab. Victory Memorial is located in Malé- the capital of the Maldives. The location is tranquil and free from the mundane as there is no traffic. Take peaceful walks around the monument. Victory Memorial will give you enough information about the glorious past of this cluster of 1190 islands (approx.).

Location: Malé, the capital of Maldives
Entry fee: Free of cost

2. Hulhumale Mosque

Hulhumale Mosque, Maldives

A Yemini – Yusuf introduced Islam to Maldives in the 12th century AD. Later, Maldives was the political playground of European colonial powers, a British territory, until it got independence from the United Kingdom in 1965. The presence of Muslims in the Maldives shows clearly that there are several mosques in the Maldives. One such must-visit Masjid is Hulhumale Mosque. It has impeccable architecture, and it is said that this Masjid is the most photographed monument in the Maldives. Locals go to offer prayers here every Friday. If you want to get close to Islam, this place will offer you divine peace. The opening timings of the Hulhumale Mosque is between 9 AM – 5 PM throughout the week.

Location: Filigas Magu, Malé, Maldives
Entry fee: Free of cost

3. Tsunami Monument

Tsunami Monument, Maldives

Just like every picture tells a story, the same goes with monuments in the Maldives. Tsunami Monument is a freelancing steel monument made in respect for those who lost their lives in the Maldives’ devastating 2004 tsunami. This is one of the most interesting heritage places in the Maldives because the tsunami’s family affected people come here to remember their loved ones. The monument enlisted the 74 Maldivians (approx.) who were caught by the tragedy. The edifice has named carvings of the flood-affected victims.

What’s cool: Nearby to the monument, there is a popular beach for surfing.

Location: Thin Ruh Park, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives
Entry fee: Free of cost

4. Sinamalé Bridge

Sinamalé Bridge in Maldives

From a historical lens, Sinamalé Bridge symbolizes Maldives-China friendship and improved relations. This bridge in the Maldives is considered amazing because it is built in the island nation’s cluster. Sinamalé Bridge connects three Maldives islands – Hulhumale, Malé, Hulhule. Walking on this beautiful bridge is one of the best things to do in the Maldives. You will get enough photography and videography moments as the water sound is crashing beneath you.

Especially during the nighttime, Sinamalé Bridge is decorated like a bride, making it one of Maldives’ best places. It is 2.1 km (approx.) long bridge with separate lanes for pedestrians and automobiles.

Location: Malé, the capital of Maldives
Entry fee: Free of cost

5. Jumhooree Maidhaan (Republic Square) Of Maldives

Jumhooree Maidhaan in Maldives

A favorite hangout place in the Maldives during morning and evening, Jumhooree Maidan/Independence Square/Republic Square all are the same. Historically and traditionally, this place holds great importance. It is the place you will see the Maldivian Flag soaring high. The Flag could be seen from a very long distance. Nearby to the Jumhooree Maidan, ferries run from the Malé airport park. Dense trees and grooves are placed around Republic Square, giving travelers enough reason to visit this famous historical tourist attraction in the Maldives. Capture the pigeons flying nearby too!

Location: Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé
Entry fee: Free of cost

6. Mulee-Aage Palace

Mulee Aage Palace in Maldives

So, maybe you didn’t enter into the Presidential house in the Maldives, but you can watch it through the outside gate. Mulee-Aage-Palace architecture is amazing to capture in a photo frame. The residence is nicely painted in white and speaks a lot about Maldives history. It is indeed the most historical attraction in the Maldives because the house’s design is inspired by the colonial era of Sri Lanka. This place will allow you to pass the President’s house in the Maldives from a very close distance.

Location: Medhu Ziyaaraiy Magu, Male’
Entry fee: Free of cost

7. Isdhoo Buddhist Stupas

Isdhoo Buddhist Stupas in Maldives

Prefer to spend the precious time with your honey while understanding the Buddhist’s history in the Maldives? Yes, it is possible. In the bygone era, the artifacts and images of Buddhist were unearthed from this island nation. Isdhoo Buddhist Stupas are located in Isdhoo Island – located in the northernmost tip of the atoll. Norweigan ethnographer Thor Heyderahl and HCP Gel (British Leader) said that these Stupas were built by the Buddhists before the Islamic influence. Now, most of the Buddhist Stupas are replaced by mosques because the direction of Stupas faces west.

Location: Isdhoo Island
Entry fee: Free of cost

8. Thoddoo Buddhist Temple

Thoddoo Buddhist Temple in Maldives

In truth, Buddhism exists in the Maldives, and Thoddoo Buddhist Temple signifies it. This shrine was discovered in the 1950s (approx.) and houses Buddhist artifacts, Roman coins, and silver relics. The discovery also states that one Buddhist statue was found buried nearby to the temple. This clearly depicts that Buddhism was fondly practiced in the Maldives long, decades back. Indeed, Thoddoo Buddhist Temple is one of the Maldives’ best historic sites highlighting Buddhist history. You can reach Thoddoo Island from Malé on a ferry, seaplane, and speedboat. Apart from the Buddhist temple, make sure you indulge in beach hopping, snorkeling, Sandbank visit, Mosque hopping.

Location: Thoddoo Island
Entry fee: Free of cost

9. Kuruhinna Tharaagandu

Kuruhinna Tharaagandu in Maldives

Archaeological experts found Kuruhinna Tharaagandu to be a former Buddhist Monastery. It is located in Kaashidhoo Island, 87 km (approx.) from Capital – Malé. Easy to reach, this famous archeological site’s option makes Kuruhina Tharaagandu the famous historic site in the Maldives. The archeological society survey team claims that this site was used in the pre-Islamic era between the 7th to 8th centuries. If you want to see the evidence of the Maldives’ Buddhist history, explore the island of Kaashidhoo on your Maldives trip. Here at Kaashidhoo Island, you enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Location: Kaashidhoo Island
Entry fee: Free of cost

10. Ali Rasgefaanu Ziyaaraiy

Ali Rasgefaanu Ziyaaraiy in Maldives

Once the place for laying the rest of the Former King of Ali VI, Ali Rasgefaanu Ziyaaraiy, this tomb symbolizes his nation’s patriotic work. Locals Maldivian feel privileged as this place provides knowledge about Ali Rasgefannu Ziyaaraiy’s life journey. There is a Mosque within the compound where tourists visit to seek blessings. If you are planning family holidays in the Maldives, make sure you visit this place with kids.

Location: Shaheed Ali Hingun, Malé
Entry fee: Free of cost

Ending Words

The idea behind these top 17 historical sites in the Maldives list was to spark some new reasons to visit the Maldives in you! The Maldives was initially known to be the paradise for water babies. But now this island nation is much more than its floating overwater bungalows, sand-sational beaches, and everything you heard about it!

Did our list of historic sites in the Maldives manage to awake your historical wanderlust? Drop some hints in the comments.

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