Posted on: 1/26/2021, 5:23:38 PM
The mosques of Maldives are architecturally unique, combining local and regional influences to create a synthesis that reflects their historical and geographic context, and the pivotal position of the Maldives in trade routes across the Indian Ocean.
Porite coral stone from the reefs surrounding the island nation became the primary building material for its monuments, a practice commonly seen in the Swahili coast of Africa, though this level of craftsmanship and ornamental detail is distinct to the Maldives.
Built mainly in the seventeenth century, many of the mosques remain in use today, symbolizing the continuity of culture and faith for the people of Maldives.