Magnificent Mahé

Sarah Laurence discovers that the largest island in the Seychelles is luring holidaymakers and investors alike While the Seychelles is becoming a popular holiday destination for South Africans, we weren’t always welcomed with air-conditioned minibuses and Creole charm. In 1981, “Mad Mike” Hoare and a group of mercenaries arrived on the island disguised as a drinking … Continue reading Magnificent Mahé

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Male´ The Maldives

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Our armchair travels have brought us to The Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean that consists of 26 atolls, which are made up of hundreds of islands. The capital, Male´ is densely populated well-known for its historic mosques and impressive architecture.

male oldOld Friday Mosque is the oldest mosque in the country dating from 1656. This lovely structure is made from coral stone and has intricate decoration and Quranic script chiseled upon it. Visitors who want to get a look inside the mosque must get permission from an official of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. You must be respectful and well-dressed. The interior is noted for its fine lacquer work and impressive woodcarvings. There is one long panel that was carved in the 13th century which commemorates the introduction of Islam to the Maldives. This mosque was built on the foundations of an old temple that faced…

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