Casablanca

  • Modern, dynamic Casablanca feels more European than its Moroccan counterparts
    © Reimar Gaertner - age fotostock
    Modern buildings in Casablanca

    Modern, dynamic Casablanca feels more European than its Moroccan counterparts

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Morocco

The economic and financial capital of the country, Casablanca lies at the crossroads between two historical cities. The small Medina has kept its Muslim hallmark and its numerous shops. From the ramparts, discover the modern city that breaks with the colonial architecture of the 1930s. Toward the corniche, you can see the highest religious edifice in the world: the Hassa II mosque, inaugurated in 1993 and designed by the French architect Pinceau. The monument, built on the Atlantic Ocean, rises some 33 feet above sea level. Its 655 ft. minaret is fitted with a laser beam which points in the direction of Mecca. The decoration is quite uncluttered in spite of the richness of the materials: 107,600 feet˛ of enamelled terra-cotta squares (zelliges), 720,920 feet˛ of plaster and 570,280 feet˛ of wood. The building can accommodate up to 150,000 persons.

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