Indian experts have begun assessing 'Hukuru Miskiy' - Male' Friday Mosque, to restore and conserve the 17th century mosque, under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two governments.
According to local media Mihaaru, State Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Mohamed Thoriq noted that the survey aims to study and collect data to determine a course of action.
Moreover, the delegation has met Minister of Heritage Yumna Maumoom to further discuss the matter.
Hukuru Miskiy, one of the oldest and most ornate mosques in the Maldives, is renowned for its decorative carvings, lacquer work and calligraphy. The coral stone mosque, its minaret and adjoining burial ground for former rulers, were added to the tentative UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.
Previously, the mosque underwent restoration and repairs in 2012, following damages caused by termites. Laser scans of the mosque were completed last year by the environmental consultation company, Water Solution. The video documentation of the survey was handed over to the ministry this January.