Coral Stone Mosques of Maldives


The coral stone mosques of Maldives are a type of tropical mosque not seen in any other part of the world. The mosques were built using decorated interlocking coral stone from the reef, detailed timber lacquer work and intricate carvings. The construction method, 'coral stone carpentry', used to create these mosques is no longer possible.

Photographs in the book show selected mosques in their present state while illustrations depict their former glory. The coral stone mosques that have survived are the last of their kind and are in need of protection so that they can be appreciated by future generations. the aim of this book is twofold: to act as an accurate work of reference and. more importantly, to raise awareness of the plight of these imperilled buildings.

Mauroof Jameel and Yahya Ahmad
Edited by James Steele
Illustrated by Mauroof Jameel

272 pages, over 250 colour and b/w illustrations.

Collections: Local Artisanal Collection

Type: Book

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