The Hassan II Mosque was built in a peninsula and the bulk of the mosque extends into the ocean. The building started 1987 and it took 6 years to complete. The mosque is open for prayers 5 times daily and it can accommodate 25,000 persons The outside prayer area can hold 80,000 people
If you are a non Muslim you can still visit the inside for 50 DH. This is one of few mosques that non Muslims can visit in Morocco. A guided tour operates 9am, 10 am, 11am, and 2pm at cost of Dh120. The tour can be provided in various languages.
The mosque had an opening ceremony attended by the king him self on August 30, 1993. It was designed by the French architect, Michel Pinseau. It took 2,500 men working two shifts to complete this mosque in time. The Mosque was funded by Moroccan people who donated generously. Needless to say Moroccan had mixed reviews as the total cost was an estimated US$ 750,000,000
the complex, which is 90000 sq. metres in size, has a public library, a Koranic school, rooms of ablutions and a 2 Moroccan Hammams for women and men. There is a very big underground car Garage too
The Mosque has a glass floor showing the sea below and a retractable roof It has heated floors, electric doors and it is supposedly has an earthquake resistant structure. The Minaret the 200+ meters with a laser on top to indicates the direction to Mecca. The mosque is a master piece and a showcase for Moroccan architecture with nothing but the best Moroccan art.
If you leave the Mosque and walk towards town -away from the sea- and beyond the library you come across an area with a large sign (The Royal Blvd). This area is among the poor Neighborhoods but it is poised for major development. You will see house demolished and there is a gradual plan to relocate people to newer suburbs of the city.
Hassan II Mosque, the true highlight of Casablanca, despite it being a new mosque. A true masterpiece of Islamic architecture, designed by a French architect... who would have thought it possible?
This impressive mosque was built for the 60th birthday of former Moroccan king Hassan II. It's the mosque of superlatives: it is the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca, it can host 25,000 people inside and 80,000 outside and it has the tallest in the world (210 metres high).
Anyway it's impossible to find words to describe the perfect beauty of this mosque, one has to see it with his/her own eyes - for me it's the top new mosque I have had the chance to see.
In the old 50's sci-fi movie "The Mole Men" a siren sounds and all the humans go into a trance and walk toward and into the temple/entrance. Being near the Hassan II Mosque on Friday afternoon is a very similar experience - The call to prayer begins and, from all directions, the people are drawn to the mosque. In the movie the people became food for the Mole Men, I don't know what happens to them in Casablanca as we gringos aren't allowed in.
The mosque is open at certain hours only [see earlier tip]. First you must remove your shoes, and then let your eyes adjust to the darkness, because in spite of the chandeliers and light from the windows, it is a great contrast to outside.
Moslems who enter usually make for the mihrab [the niche indicating the direction to which worshippers face to pray]and do a couple of rakas [bows and prayers] as it is one of the special mosques.
Wander around on the beautiful carpets and admire the decorated pillars , and the ceiling. As all decoration is abstract, there are no 'pictures' to distract the worshippers when praying.
It's the biggest minarett in the world, the mosque is certainly one of the most modern, even though not all Moroccans would go for it. It has been a plan of the King of Morocco, who wanted to give the city a proper main attraction for tourists. The Mosque Hassan II. certainly is with its fountains and beautiful ornaments.
The fee for tourists is ridiculously high (20 Euros, about 25 dollars). For no church in any other country I can think of paying such a fee...it destroys much of its beauty.
Hassan II Mosque is located in the Atlantic northwest of the medina, and it is the world’s third-largest mosque, after those in Mecca and Medina. It was built in 1987 and took 7 years to complete. Using the most up to date French architectural design, it can hold 25,000 workshippers. The 210m minaret – the highest in the world is visible from miles around, even when I was in the aircraft approaching casa airport. There are more stories about theis mosque, such as the cedar wood carving, Italian lightings etc.. A good one hour tour can bring you to look around the prayer hall, ablution rooms and hammam. The guided tour operates 9am, 10am, 11am, and 2pm at cost of Dh120 (March 2006).
The hammam which was supposed to open to public (including non-muslims) has yet to be opened after all these years. I like to way the guide stated in such a way that it is a management problem which happens to any corporations in other parts of the world.
Note the dress code.
The idea to construct a great mosque on aspur of the Corniche arrived to the mind of King Hassan II , around the half of the 80's: " I want a building which will be the symbol of Africa, like the Freedom statue represents the United States ". The temple was born as pledge of faith in the Islam: it aimed to create a great religious situation in the most lay city among the Moroccan cities, to increase the national pride; it aimed to defend Morocco against the western culture consequently arriving with the economical process of Morocco and with the fast tourist development.
The French Michel Pineau planned and designed a colossal temple destined to be, because of its dimensions, the second Mussulman temple of the world, after the mosque of the Mecca.
The cost was over a thousand billion Liras, and it was supported, in the greatest part, by a national subscription, just to point out the religious fervour caused by the new mosque. 10000 persons, 3000 of which always present at the yard, were involved for the construction. There were: master builders, builders, craftsmen, carvers, stone-cutters and plasterers from every part of Morocco: a merit certificate was given to all of them.
The materials arrived from the several regions of the Country to symbolise the unifying force of the plan: the wood of cedar from the Medium Atlas, marbles from Agadir (but also from Carrara), the granite from Tafraoute, the zellij, small glazed ceramic tiles, from Fès. The big chandeliers were commissioned in Murano. The colossus was unveiled on 1993. Its figures are dizzy: the hall, suspended on enormous stilt houses and surmounted by an opening ceiling, can receive 25.000 faithful people; before, the large square contains nearly 100,000 persons; the squared minareto reach the 172 meters height and on its top a laser indicates the Mecca.
In the complex, 90000 sq. metres, there is also a medersa, a Koranic school, rooms of ablutions for women and men and a great underground garage.
Get up early and be at the Mosque for before 8am. The early morning sun is beautiful against the facade of the Mosque and the dark blue skies make a perfect backdrop. School Groups begin to appear just before 9am, as do the tour groups, so by getting there before 8am you only get the odd person wandering past in your shots, for a complete hour. An hour is plenty of time to photograph the outside of the Mosque in detail.
The inside of the mosque is splendid, though rather dark for taking photographs. There are two hanging mezzanines for women to pray. The columns are decorated in gold and other colours. The ceilings are splendid , and chandeliers hang down providing light, as do the windows.
The wood work is wonderful too:. The staircase up to the mezzanine, chairs for preachers to sit, the imam's pulpit and wall panels
At prayer time carpets are unrolled for worshippers to pray on.
The mosque is built partly on the sea. It was built in the 20th century to rival the holy mosques of Mecca and Medina. It has the highest minaret in the world.
The courtyard is of pale blue and pink marble. The decorations of the basins and some walls are of blue mosaic in abstract design. There are a number of outbuildings placed at a distance from the mosque itself.
Non-Muslims can visit the mosque at 9am, 10 am, 11 am and 2pm. It is closed except to worshippers at prayer time. Tickets are available downstairs near the main mosque.
Took 9 years to build and at a budget of over $500 million. The mosque capacity is 80000, with 25000 worshippers capacity inside. Out of 25000, 5000 is reserved for women. The mosque tower, one of the highest minaret, is 220 meters high is visible from a distance. It caters a lift which takes the imam of the mosque up for call to prayer.
Situated near the coast line, Hasan II mosque (I feel) is the most important monument in Casablanca to see.
Facility for saunas/bath has been made in the lower basement of the Hasan II Mosque. facilities for male and female are seperate. The facility is not opened to public yet, as the administration is looking for a private party to run the affairs.
Underneath the Hasan II mosque, facilities for sauna and bath have been built. Although this is has not been opened to public yet, there are plans to give this into private hands. There are 2 seperate facility for Sauna and baths for male and females.
Facility for turkish bath are below the saunas.
This is the third largest mosque, following those of Mecca and Medina. It is built partly on water. In the Koran it says 'the throne of God was on water'.
The prayer hall is 20000 sq. metres and the mosque holds up to 25 000 worshippers. There is a movable roof and two hanging mezzanines for women , with fine mashrabiyas.
There is an ablution hall with 41 fountains.
The minaret is 200 meters high, the highest.
There are also 2 traditional hamams.
It was built from 1987-93.
Visits inside the mosque are at 9, 10 and 11 am, and 2pm
Entrance costs 120 DH . Students, Moroccans and foreign residents cost 60DH.
The largest mosque in Morocco is the Hassan II Mosque. It is the only mosque in Morocco open to non-Muslims, for a fee-paying tour on weekday mornings.
It is built on a peninsula looking out over the Atlantic Ocean and projects a light-beam towards Makkah, has a glass floor showing the sea below and a retractable roof. These are to represent the earth, sea and sky as God’s creations.
Construction started in 1980 and when finished, will include a medersa, museum and Islamic library.