A Travellerspoint blog

September 2017

Grandiose Hassan II Mosque is the highlight of Casablanca

25000 can worship inside with another 80000 outside!

25000 can worship inside with another 80000 outside!

No signs promoted tour and few workers spoke any English; spent most of afternoon waiting for tour

No signs promoted tour and few workers spoke any English; spent most of afternoon waiting for tour

Beautiful hammam is not used but is shown only as part of tour

Beautiful hammam is not used but is shown only as part of tour

60 story minaret has laser light on top directed towards Mecca

60 story minaret has laser light on top directed towards Mecca

One of the few Moroccan mosques that non-Muslims can enter (only on tour)

One of the few Moroccan mosques that non-Muslims can enter (only on tour)

Giant roof can be opened in 6 minutes; rest of city was ugly and derelict

Giant roof can be opened in 6 minutes; rest of city was ugly and derelict

The two hanging mezzanines are reserved for women

The two hanging mezzanines are reserved for women

Muslims pray 5 times a day with special prayers on Friday; government controls topics of imams to reduce radicalization

Muslims pray 5 times a day with special prayers on Friday; government controls topics of imams to reduce radicalization

Mosque completed in 1993 and the largest in Morocco

Mosque completed in 1993 and the largest in Morocco

Casablanca was easily our least favorite city in Morocco

Casablanca was easily our least favorite city in Morocco

Construction took 7 years, 35000 workers and cost $700 million USD

Construction took 7 years, 35000 workers and cost $700 million USD

Mosque is the only thing worth seeing in Casablanca

Mosque is the only thing worth seeing in Casablanca

The ablution hall features 41 fountains for washing rituals

The ablution hall features 41 fountains for washing rituals

Our 2 week tour of Morocco started in Casablanca

Our 2 week tour of Morocco started in Casablanca

Huge retractable roof opens; all materials from Morocco except Italian marble columns and Murano chandaliers

Huge retractable roof opens; all materials from Morocco except Italian marble columns and Murano chandaliers

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