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    Mehkamat Albasha

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    This building is located in Al Hoboos quarter behind the Royal Palace. You’ll find few Arabic book stores near by. To go inside first you’ll have to go to Syndicate du tourism on Mohammad V Avenue and come with a guide.

    I asked the guards if they can allow me in and I was lucky that they did let me in. So why not try this before going to down town. One of them walked me around and within 15 minutes I was able to see all the rooms except for the royal office, I was able to sneak a peak into it from the windows. This used to be the Royal office for King Hassan II and King Mohammad VI for a very short period of time but now it is empty.

    Visiting the place is delightful experience. It had a nug Garden and several courtyards. The architecture is simply stunning. If you are visiting Al Hoboos Don’t miss this place.

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    The Old Cathedral and de la ligue Arabe Park

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    This was the first Church built in Casablanca. It has lots on Moroccan architecture features. It is no longer used as a church. After independence it was used for a while as a school and later as a theater. Currently it is used to house various governmental agencies. You can still take a tour of the place for free, just go inside and ask for permission to walk around. Avoid coming in August and September because the place might be closed during that time frame.

    Near the Cathedral there is a very big park with plenty of green spaces, cafes and restaurants. The American and the Italian consulates are within close proximity of the Cathedral.
    The cathedral is located along Hassan II Blvd and it is within a walking distance from down town after passing the French consulate and Mohammed V place, you’ll see this big white building to your right hand.

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    Parc de la ligue arabe

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    The Parc de la ligue arabe (Arab League park) is a wonderful park with plenty of different pal trees, as well as paths, green fields, and benches. It's also and especially full of people; singles jogging, couples walking hand in hand, families taking their children for a stroll, and old men playing playing bowl.

    This park is very alive and kicking, and one could really spend hours, people watching and relaxing. It is also flanled by cafes and small restaurants - so it's also a nice address to stop for tea, just like locals do. Inside the park there are also a couple of nice pavillions/small buildings... which I never found out what they are.

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    Mahakma Pasha

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 12, 2008

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    Place Mohammed V is the center of town, and the site of most of the government functions - among the fine French colonial buildings that adorn this new town square, you have the Mahakma Pasha - which is built more in Moorish style than in French style.

    This building is all made of marble, stone and wood - and it's very large... it was built in 1948 and has about 60 rooms: originally it was meant to serve as the Muslim city tribunal and the Casablanca Pasha audience hall. Today the building is still used as a courthouse

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    The Lincoln Hotel

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    The Lincoln Hotel is an old establishment that was built in the 1916. The building was abandoned long time ago and the city was thinking of demolishing it and replacing it with a newer building. The building is located within down town opposite to the central market on Mohammed V blvd.

    Thanks God that somebody was able to inject some sense into the City authority and they decided to renovate the building. The renovation has just started and I liked to document what the building looked like from the outside prior to the process and what it would look like when everything is over.

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    Mauresque

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    When the French took over the country. They established the new neighborhoods of the city. The new colonial building featured a mixture between French and Moroccan styles of building. The new style of building was called Mauresque or New Moorish.

    There are plenty of fine examples of this style all over town. When you are walking around down town just look at building aroud you and you'll notice this unique style.

    The Lincoln Hotel, The Cathedral plus hundreds of building in the down town area. There are 2 nice renovated Art Deco villas just opposite to the Cathedral that are worth having a closer look.

    Art Deco Villa opposite to the cathedral

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    Syndicate du Tourism

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    If you want to save time than visit this place and ask for a tour guide who will show you around Casablanca. The tour will cost you 450 DH for 3 people and it will last for 4 hrs. It includes transportation for 3 people plus the guide. The guide will take to Mosque Hassan II, the Old Medina, Alhoboos area and show around the old Royal office.

    This office is located on Mohamed V Avenue. The road is easily located in down town Casablanca. At the office you can arrange to meet with one of the official guide. To be honest I have not used this service but I looked into the matter and since J had enough time I thought that I can do it myself. It might be a good idea for someone who is staying for a very short time in Casablanca

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    Watch the Atlantic breakers

    by uglyscot Written Dec 4, 2005

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    As an exile from home, I love to be beside the sea. So the chance to watch the breakers rolling in and crashing on the shore is something that I enjoy doing.The Atlantic is not like the Mediterranean with its gentle tidal movement, but offers the full power of the ocean with crested waves moving one after the other shorewards.

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    The centre of town

    by uglyscot Updated Dec 3, 2005

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    In the centre of town there are many tourist shops selling souvenirs, cafes and large buildings, presumably official buildings. There was a tower and alongside it a construction like an open work ball, but all rather shabby.
    Because of the heavy rain, the gutters were torrents of water.

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    Prefecture Mechouar

    by solopes Updated Jun 9, 2014

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    Casablanca is not a touristy city, nor the best place to see Moroccan art and architecture, but, if you're there, then one of the best visits should be Perfecture Mechouar, fortified palace with the traditional look of Moroccan architecture.

    Don't be impressed by the military appearance. The building must be still in official use but tourists are welcome.

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    Notre Dame des Lourdes

    by JessieLang Written Jan 9, 2010

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    Notre Dame de Lourdes is a Catholic Church built by the French, and finished shortly before Morocco got its independence in 1956. It is no longer in use. This church doesn't look like much on the outside, but the stained glass in it is amazing—it covers entire walls. I was told the glass weighs 55 tons.

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    Architecture

    by PierreZA Written Apr 30, 2008

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    Many different and interesting architectural styles can be seen in Casablanca. This includes French Colonial, Moorish, Art Deco etc.
    The best way to find these buildings is to just walk around and you will see many different examples.
    See pictures

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  • Ethical Spa tourism

    by anniebp Written Jun 12, 2008

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    This is not only an excellent activity for travellers but also an initiative that is helping single mothers and creating social change in Morocco. An organization called Solidarité Féminine runs a traditional Hammam and health center which is not only one of the cleanest and most attractive in Casablanca but also provides valuable job training for single mothers who would otherwise be illiterate, jobless and who face all kinds of discrimination in the Muslim and Berber cultures that exist here. This Hammam offers excellent prices and all the funds raised go to support the programs of the organization which is truly helping to change Moroccan society. This is a local initiative, founded and run by Moroccans and is an excellent opportunity for tourists to support local development and have an excellent experience at the Hammam.
    Hammam is beautiful, beauty salon, massage, sport facility all available on site as well. Sample Price List:
    Hammam
    Unassited Hammam- 30dhs
    Hammam and scrub-50dhs
    Hammam with just soaping-60dhms
    Hammam with scrub and soaping-70dhs
    Massage
    45 Massage only-100-120dhs
    45 Thermal wrap with oil-100dhs
    45 Thermal wrap with algae -120dhs
    1hr Massage and thermal wrap/oil-120dhs
    1hr Massage and thermal wrap/algae-140dhs
    Beauty Services
    Manicure-25dhs
    Pedicure-50dhs
    Hair cut-30dhs
    Dye (with clients product)-50dhs
    Hair removal-
    Upper lip-15dhs
    Eyebrows-10dhs
    Leg-cold wax 120dhs, hot wax 100dhs
    Sport facility
    Drop in fee-50dhs
    One month-300dhs plus one time payment of insurance 250dhs

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    Colonial Architecture

    by jantichm Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Casablanca is a treasure trove of a distinct brand of French colonial architecture. In the 1920's and 30's, the French extended the city well beyond the original town (or "medina" in Arabic). The architectural style in vogue at that time, art deco, was combined with what the French believed to be "moorish" elements.

    The hybrid style, known as "neo-mauresque", can be seen all through the Ville Nouvelle that the French built. The prime example of neo-mauresque architecture is the Habous area, also known as the Nouvelle Medina. It's a rendition of a "typical Moroccan village" that Walt Disney could have designed. The area is famous for its bookstores and a very friendly place to stroll around.

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    El Hank Lighthouse

    by keeweechic Written Jan 10, 2009

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    The El Hank lighthouse was built in 1905 on a rocky cliff not far from the Hassan II Mausoleum. It stands at 45 metres high and was at the time the tallest building in Casablanca. The French built this lighthouse to aid ships coming into the harbour and get them around the sandbanks. It was renovated between 1914 and 1917 and is quite a landmark on the shores of Casablanca.

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