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The inside can be visited (50 Dh) and can welcome 25,000 persons (20,000 men and separately, 5,000 women, in mezzanines) and the esplanade 150,000 more on it's 20,000 m2. Notre Dame de Paris could be dropped inside the main praying room, 200 x 100 meters!
King Hassan II, "Commander of the believers", is descending from Mohammed, and wanted to leave to the posterity a monument worthy his reign. It had to be finished for his 60th birthday and the time allotted was pretty tight. When completed, the minaret is the highest in the world (200 m) and can be seen from several dozen of kilometers away.
Towards the entrance
The soil, as is the building itself, is made of reinforced concrete covered with marble.
Once you arrive close to the building, you discover that he Mosque,built mainly over the Ocean, is surrounded by the Ocean on three sides. This gives the strange impression as, with the wide esplanade in front, it is separated from the city, to be a "nowhere" place.
The closer you walk, the more impressive. You realize how huge it is. It was build in 1989 for the 60th anniversary of King Hassan II. The architect is French, Michel Pinseau, as is Bouygues, the builder, but the decoration has been done by the best moroccan craftsmen. It is the second largest religious building in the world, second to Mecqua.
Fighting the Ocean
When the Ocean is rough, it is very impressive as waves brake on the boulders that protect Mosque Hassan II and on the jetty. The place from where I took this photo was temporarily forbidden because of the waves. If I had stayed half a minute longer at this place, I would have been completely splashed !
From the south
If you park south to the mosque and walk towards the mosque, it looks as it had been build on the sea ! And actually, this for real. The main part of the Hassan II Mosque was built on pilings, on the ocean, in order to give the impression that by some divine intervention, it was floating on water.
Coming from the city center of Casablanca, at first, from a certain distance, though huge -but that does not appear immediately- Mosque Hassan II looks like any other important religious building. It has a green topped "minaret" high above the rest of the mostly white Mosque and sits on a large paved esplanade with parts of superb green lawn..
The Mosque by the Sea
The Hassan II Mosque is an amazing construction built right on the seafront. A great example of a modern mosque built by traditional craftsmen with top-notch materials.
It is also the only Moroccan mosque open to non-Muslims (although not at prayer times).
Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque, was built for the 60th birthday of former Moroccan king Hassan II, and is the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca. It has space for 25,000 worshippers inside and another 80,000 outside. The 210-meter minaret is the tallest in the world.
For me this is the most beautiful place to go in Casablanca. Many disagree of course. c'est la vie!
So its recommeded again.....
I didnt really want to do another tip as there are so many already....
Still I felt I had to say that this Mosque IS different - nothing like any other mosque Ive seen in The United Arab Emirates or Egypt! Considering the space around the mosque its bigger than The Ibn Tulun in Cairo.
I got lost from my friends wandering around admireing this piece of art. Lively yet so peaceful.
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The biggest mosque at sea in the world
It is one if the few mosque open for none Muslims. So you must visit it. It is enormous. 25.000 people can pray in this mosque at the same time.
The roof can be opened, the floor is heated and the craftwork is amazing.
Take the tour and hear everything about this architectural wonder that will be fully completed soon (insh' Allah)
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A Controversial Jewel on the Atlantic Coast
As the only mosque in Morocco that non-Muslims may visit, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is an obvious destination. Depending on which guidebook you read, it is either the 2nd or 3rd largest mosque in the world so bring a measuring tape & check for yourself. Constructed for the late king Hassan II on the event of his 60th birthday, its design balances the sensation of personal spirituality and state piety, cool somber colours with riotous zelig-tile work and desert shades with water playful fountains. With the exception of its chandeliers (Italian crystal) and its white granite columns, the structure is Moroccan through & through: from the colourful zelig tiles, granite, plaster, marble, to its deep-hued wood used in its construction. One cannot but marvel at its beauty, its serenity, and opulence. Its 210-meter minaret is the tallest in the world and shines a laser beam towards Mecca.
Jutting out atop the Atlantic (you can see water below your feet as you walk atop the partially glass-tiled floor) its beauty is nonetheless compromised by its very modest location and 500-plus million dollar (US!!) price tag. It has been noted that less fortunate Moroccans have not benefiited financially from the erection of the mosque, especially with the demolition of low-income neighbourhoods during its construction period. Having said that, it has been suggested that Moroccan arts & crafts were saved from extinction in the building & decorating of this mosque.
Note: Tours (mandatory) are offered in a variety of languages.
Remember to dress modestly!
Hassan II Mosque
The most important landmark is the Hassan II Mosque which is the second largest in the world. It covers an area of 2 hectares. Its prayer hall can hold 25,000 and the piazza another 80,000. The roof is retractable. The mosque was built on reclaimed land.
Built for the 60th birthday of the former Moroccan king, this mosque is the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca. Some 6,000 traditional Moroccan artisans worked for five years to create the mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, and carved and painted wood ceilings.
The mosque was built to withstand earthquakes and has a heated floor, electric doors, a sliding roof and lasers that shine at night.
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Hassan II Mosque
This mosque, built in the 90s, is really impressive. Construction work took 6 years and involved 30,000 workers working 24 hours a day and 7 days a week…
This mosque is open to non Muslims and women don't need to have their head covered. Visits are guided and starts at 9am, 10am, 11am and 2pm (2:30pm in summer). 9am is a good hour because there are fewer visitors.
Price 100 Dh/pers (US$10).
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Visit the magnificent Mosque...
Visit the magnificent Mosque of Hasan II - the second largest mosque in the world (after Mecca). It's an amazing sight, white and green, magnificent, gorgeos!
The Mosque is rather young - the construction was begun in 1986 and finished in 1993. It is erected on the shore, and when you are approaching it, it seems to be standing in the water. It's symbolic, since water is the purest element.
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