Spain-Morocco 2015

Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque

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Here we are, in front of Hassan II Mosque. Please read about this building, it is fascinating. The information is from Carole French’s book Morocco.

This brainchild and crowning achievement of King Hassan II, this phenomenal building is the world’s third-largest mosque, after Mecca and Medina. It was built to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday and opened in 1993 giving Casablanca the heart and landmark it so sorely missed.

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The mosque rises above the ocean on a rocky outcrop reclaimed from the sea, taking literally the verse from the Qur’an that states that God’s throne was built upon the water. It is a vast building that can hold 25,000 worshippers within its structure and can accommodate a further 80,000 in the courtyards and squares around it.

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The mosque was designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and is topped by a soaring 210 m- tall minaret, which shines a laser beam towards Mecca by night. In addition to this high-tech call to prayer, the mosque also has a centrally heated floor, electric doors and a retractable roof.

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Over 6000 traditional Moroccan artisans worked on the building over the course of its construction. The Hassan II Mosque is one of the very few Islamic religious buildings open to non-Muslims.

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12 Comments

  1. Simone Radman
    July 9, 2015 at 4:25 am — Reply

    Beautiful

  2. Basia
    July 9, 2015 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Just beautiful!

    • July 9, 2015 at 11:22 am — Reply

      Thank you Basienko, for your comments!!!

  3. Anonymous
    July 9, 2015 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Just amazing Goranka

    • July 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm — Reply

      Thank you Goranka!

  4. Danusia
    July 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm — Reply

    Just fantastic. Asiu, next year will be Marocco…
    Duza buzka.

    D.

  5. Annie Radman
    July 10, 2015 at 10:42 am — Reply

    What a stunning structure. I’m enjoying your blog and loving the pictures. Have a great trip!

    • July 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm — Reply

      Thank you Annie, it is great to hear from you. I am glad you enjoy the blog. There is more to come!

  6. teresa law
    July 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Thanks for letting me share your blog. I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous trip.

    • July 10, 2015 at 2:07 pm — Reply

      Hello Teresa, I am glad you are following our trip!

  7. Jan
    July 11, 2015 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    Hi, I’m a friend of Simone’s and she gave us your website so that we could follow your journey. I have to tell you that the pictures you are posting with accompanying text are magnificent. I’m really very much enjoying following you all. Just now I listened to the song you posted and it brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I hope you all continue to enjoy your trip. Be safe. I look
    forward to seeing more.

    Regards

    Jan. (Hello Simon, it’s all looking wonderful)

    • July 12, 2015 at 2:36 am — Reply

      Thank you Jan for a very nice comment, there will be more pictures, everything depends on WIFI

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