In its general configuration,...
In its general configuration, the Mosque Hassan II appears under the shape of a vast complex 200 metres long on 100 metres wide and 60 metres high . The structures of the whole mosque are in reinforced concrete dressed in decorations stemming from the Moroccan craft. Facades outsides are dressed(taken on) in stone marble quarry decorated with zelliges, with brass, with titanium, with stucco and with green and black marble for the colonnades of the médersa. Technical index card
The main building(ship)
The construction of the Mosque Hassan II joins in a vast project of urban organization. This immense complex includes four different zones distributed in the following way :
Zone1 : the main building(ship) including the room of prayers, the minaret, the médersa, and the hammans with an independent access;
Zone2 : parkings ;
Zone3 : the undercrossing by tunnel ;
Zone4 : a Museum and a library ;
Zone5 : Cleanup and organization of the Bay(berry).
This gigantic work allowed to gain(win) on the sea a surface of 12 hectares. The foundations required 26 000 m3 of the concrete and 59 000 m3 of the rocks to fight against the swell.
In the tradition of the Arabian - Andalusian monumental art, the Mosque Hassan II shines with the ornamentation of its impressive outside and internal surfaces. Jewel of the Moroccan craft, the set(group) is completely decorated with polychromatic zelliges in geometrical composition, with chiselled plaster, with marble, with sculptured and painted wood.
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The unusual proportions where the decoration should carry(wear) high and wide motives which for centuries tended to occupy more reduced surfaces, obliged the bosses artisans to double ingenuity.
So this magnificent challenge allowed in particular a flourish of the traditional Moroccan arts as show of it the pieces of zellige, in colours more brilliant and brilliant than of custom, which dress(take on) the outside facade of the minaret, or still the wooden dome of cedar and beech so finely chiselled and decorated with the ouvrante roof of the room of prayers.
Impressive by the wealth of its decorations, the Mosque Hassan II is also it by the nobility of the materials of the outside covers chosen to challenge the time: triumph gates in titanium and bronze, travertin sculptured by facades with inlay of mosaics in the hollow of the motives to stress the relief of it, the marble tiled floors, and granite. For the construction of the building(ship) including the room of prayers, the minaret and the médersa, 8 cranes from 220 tons to the square meter and 12 mobile cranes were installed(settled). Technical index card
The main building(ship)
The room of prayer being able to shelter 25 000 persons occupy a surface of 20 000 m2 .
The minaret is of a total height of 210 m with an influence on the ground of 625 m2 .
The médersa, the hemispherical building(ship) east of the room of the prayers, includes :
A basement and a parking of a surface of 4 600 m2 ;
A first floor of a surface of 4 000 m2 .
Hammans contains a basement of 6 000 m2 and a gallery in first floor of 2 000 m2 . the Mosque Hassan II: Leader of work of the sacred art, the Mosque Hassan II can be considered as the honoring the most remarkable depiction to Allah during the 20-th century. Baptized by the name of her founder, she owed be as high as the aspiration of the sovereign who declared in 1986:
' I want that there is a big and beautiful realization of which Casablanca could be proud till the end of times. I want that is built in sea border, a magnificent God's house, a Mosque the high minaret of which will indicate the voice(vote) of the safety, that is Allah's road, to any vessel from the west '
Inaugurated in 1993, the Mosque, conceived by the architect Michel Pinseau, is one of the biggest mosques of the world today. Being able to welcome up to 100 000 believers(regular customers), she(it) raises the highest minaret of the highest world in 210 metres.
Architectural exploit, its realization required the appeal to an ultramodern technology which joined skilfully to the Moroccan craft. This one is omnipresent in the compositions of sculptured wood, plaster, or zellige.
The Mosque Hassan II allowed so the fusion of the former(ancient) and of modern looking the day to what is henceforth considered as an inescapable monument of the Islamic art.