Casablanca

  • Casablanca is a forward-looking city yet one which nevertheless maintains one foot firmly in its past.
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  • This building, inspired by the Algiers central post office, has housed Casablanca's central post office since 1918.
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  • Modern, dynamic Casablanca feels more European than its Moroccan counterparts
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  • The minaret emits prayer calls, which can be heard throughout the city
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  • The interior of the mosque,decorated with finesse
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  • You can see many cranes, used to improve the infrastructures, lined up along the port of Casablanca.
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  • The Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and the 5th largest in the world, is built right on the sea.
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  • Inside the Hassan II mosque.
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  • The Hassan II mosque is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the world.
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  • A closer look at the sculpted cedar wood and enamelled clay mosaics ('zelliges') at the Hassan II mosque.
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  • A place of overwhelming temptation for shopoholics, the souks hold many a hidden treasure
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  • Although Casablanca, the capital of Morocco, is mainly a destination for business travellers, it offers plenty of sites to visit, such as the Hassan II Mosque.
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  • 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 ...
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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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