Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu


In the backstreets in the middle of town, in the grounds of a small mosque, is the tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu, Maldives’ national hero who liberated the country from Portuguese rule and was then the sultan from 1573 to 1585. Thakurufaanu is also commemorated in the name of the road that rings Male, Boduthakurufaanu Magu (bodu means ‘big’ or ‘great’).

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7. Fish Market

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8. Produce Market


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