Utheemu Gan’davaru

The Utheemu Gan’Davaru was the family home of Muhammad Thakurufaanu, who is famous in the history of the Maldives for leading the opposition to the Portuguese occupation of the islands in the sixteenth century. The complex presents the largest and best preserved example of an elite house built in the vernacular style in the Maldives, and it retains important collections of objects and manuscripts associated with the family. 

The complex includes a number of buildings constructed in wood and thatch, as well as coral and lime including the Boduge Kolhu, the Mariyaadhuge Kolhu, and the Ashige Kolhu, and a godown referred to as the Ban’dahage as well as a surrounding wall, a coral stone well and flagpoles.