The capital of the Maldives, Male is a lively city where the country’s main commercial activities take place. Situated on the North Male Atoll, this energetic part of the island is also where one can get an idea of such local artistry as calligraphy, intricate carvings, wooden lacquer products and traditionally made reed mats. However, for those looking to get a true appreciation of the artistic creativity of the country’s artists, a visit to the Esjehi Art Gallery is a definite must.
Situated east of Sultan Park, this fascinating art gallery in Male is housed in an old building that dates back to around the 1870s when it was a home of a nobleman. Of noteworthy architectural value itself, this building is one of the island’s oldest structures and today is where one will find the Esjehi Art Gallery which was set up in order to promote and encourage local artists and their works, both traditional and modern.
Located at Medhu-Ziyaarath Magu, this small gallery displays various works of art from local artists which sometimes can be purchased, while also hosting a variety of workshops. One can usually meet artists from the arts community in the Maldives here as well. Within the building there are several rooms where one can view intricate carvings and preserved wood panels along with authentic Maldivian arts and crafts.
Those visiting the Esjehi Art Gallery and taking in the diverse art works on display can also visit several other places of interest in Male one can find nearby. One such attraction is the scenic confines of Sultan Park and the National Museum which is housed in the only surviving building of what was once the Sultan’s old place.
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