Welcome to Shaviyani

The atoll's capital, Milandhoo, was uninhabited until 1997, when it was quickly settled to relocate the population of nearby Makunudhoo, whose water supply had become contaminated. The former atoll capital is Funadhoo, a pretty island that houses the ruins of an ancient mosque and 13th-century tombstones. The main mosque on the island of Kanditheemu incorporates the oldest known example of Maldives’ unique Thaana script – it’s an inscription on a doorframe, which notes that the roof was constructed in 1588.

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Shaviyani in detail