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Photo of the Day – Hassan II Mosque Casablanca, Morocco

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Hassan II Mosque Casablanca, Morocco

Those expecting romance or adventure in Casablanca will be sorely disappointed. Humphrey Bogart never came here, and the film Casablanca was filmed entirely in Hollywood. “Casa”, as the Moroccans call it, is Africa’s second-largest city after Cairo with a population between 3 and 4 million. Compared to Marrakech, it’s a very modern city and home to Africa’s largest port. The city’s biggest attraction and Morocco’s major landmark is the Hassan II Mosque Casablanca. Proclaimed as a triumph of faith and craftsmanship, King Hassan’s mosque on the shores of the Atlantic was finally opened in 1993 after 6 years of construction. It is the second-largest mosque in the world, after Mecca, and possesses the tallest minaret (656ft high). The mosque’s beautiful setting on the coast with breakers crashing at its base was inspired by the Koranic verse: ‘the throne of God being on the water’.  The prayer hall inside can accommodate 100,000 worshippers. Though Casa definitely wasn’t my favorite of African cities, when in Morocco it’s definitely worth a stop, if only to see one of the world’s most beautiful mosques.

Hassan II Mosque Casablanca Morocco

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

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