Hassan II, 2nd biggest mosque in the world after Mekka
the interior of this building is worth seeing, for me it however doesn't look very impressive from the outside; I told myself that the reason must be the French architect, from those guys you cannot expect that they have the right feeling for harmony and architectural simplicity that you find at authentic islamic buildings (like the koutouba in marrakesh).
if you feel the same when visiting the mosque try to keep the judgement to yourself because all moroccans are simply in love with their national pride, the mosque of the mosque, the incomparable Hassan II.
The Mosque of Hassan.It´s a really curious site, surrounded by poor, dirty streets, mouldy houses... and suddenly there you see the Big Mosque...proud, huge, wonderful, so beautiful.. and the nearer you get the more peace you feel. The din dissapear and just yourself you can hear and listen to.
The worst thing happens when you try to get into, as you can only get inside with a guide and in groups of I don´t know how many and they treat you really really bad, not respecting your curiosity or your rythm to view such beauty and majesty. But nevertheless, I was very happy I had visited it.
The Grand Mosque. King Hassan V had all the finest artisans in the Islamic world come to Casablanca to build this mosque and it shows. It is absolutely gorgeous.
The size alone it impressive. It sits out over the sea. There is a garage underneath.
Inside the mosque holds about 25,000 people. Including the outside courtyard it can hold upwards of 80,000 people.
When the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer it is so beautiful to hear the prayer 'Allah Akbar' God is great heard through out the city.
At night the mosque is lit and you can see it from almost any point in the city.
There is no visit to Casablanca that would be considered complete without a visit to the Hassan II Mosque. We were told that it cost in excess of $800 million to build and required the skills of 1,000 of the country's artists. There are heated marble floors, room for 25,000 prayers, hammams, and it's just gorgeous. On the waterfront, it's an imposing structure that is the third largest mosque in the world with the second tallest minaret.
On our tour of the mosque--the only one non-Muslims can enter--we were told that the mosque was built with money from donations. But we were told by our Moroccan friends that it was more like forced donations--something like garnishing wages. They were not bitter about it though, which I thought interesting...I thought about what Americans would say if we found our wages garnished for a new White House...
The Grand Mosque of Hassan II
This is the second largest mosque in the world after the one in Mecca. Its minaret is however the highest of all. The mosque is quite new as it was finished in 1993. It stands right at the Atlantic coast and it is said that if you choose the reight view-point the mosque looks as if it was floating in the ocean. The building itself is beautiful and impressive with its white marble cover and its great size. It is also said that there is a laser-beam pointing towards Mecca but I just could not spot it. Nevertheless this mosque is a must-see for all visitors. At certain times it can allegedly be viewed from inside as well but I'm not quite sure about this. Most mosques are off-limits to non-Muslims anyway. I am quite sure it won't disappoint anyone.
The mosque is one of the most impressive buildings ever seen. There are guided tours running frequently.
The prayer hall is elegantly designed in a palette of silvers and whites. Notice the small bags on the floor? Those are where people place their shoes while they pray.
The minaret at the Hassan II Mosque is the tallest in the world. It stands at 210 meters high and can be seen night and day from miles around.
Just wanted to show the detail in the patterns that adorn the mosque. Quite amazing!
This is one of the entryways on the exterior of the mosque. It is one of the many amazing examples of Moroccan architecture you can find here.
This clock tower is iconic in the city. It proudly flies the Moroccan flag and towers over a nearby plaza where locals congregate and socialize.
The Hassan II Mosque is tastefully adorned throughout with chandeliers of various size and ostentatiousness.
Hassan II Mosque - The largest mosque in the world.
It's HUGE! You must go visit it in person up close to apprecate it's beauty.