The Coral Stone Mosques of Gaafaru

The Maldives Heritage Survey team has completed work on the island of Gaafaru, Kaafu Atoll. The island has been home to two coral-stone mosques. The larger of them (Bodu Miskiyy) was demolished more than thirty years ago. The team has, however, been able to sketch out a reconstruction of the floor plan of the now-lost building from its ruins and in conversation with members of the local community.
RECONSTRUCTED FLOORPLAN OF THE BODU MISKIYY, GAAFARU (KAAFU ATOLL)

The sole remaining coral stone mosque on the island is Kuda Miskiyy – which currently serves as the island’s only mosque for women. While documenting this structure we discovered a date inscribed into one of its beams: 1269 AH (= 1853 CE). Parts of the earlier structure have, however, been renovated in 2002.