Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is a stately mosque of stunning Moroccan architecture and amazingly only took 6 years to construct! It was built for the 60th birthday of former Moroccan king Hassan II and is the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca and is a must see for anyone in Casablanca.
The craftsmanship of the mosque is stunning featuring all local materials with the exception of chandeliers which were made in Murano, Italy. The mosque is the seventh largest in the world and is built right into the Atlantic Ocean. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210m. The mosque was completed in 1993 after great expense and artistic labor, and the result is one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world. Its gleaming newness and tremendous wealth is a stark contrast against the rest of Casablanca.
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What to see
The Hassan II Mosque is open to all Muslims at daily prayer times and for special Friday services. Non-Muslim visitors may enter the mosque on guided tours, which take place several times a day in English.
The most distinctive characteristic of the Hassan II Mosque is its spectacular location (see aerial view below) on a platform over the Atlantic Ocean. Uniquely, part of the mosque’s floor is made of glass so worshippers can kneel directly over the sea. Unfortunately, this wonderful feature is mainly for royal use and is off-limits to visitors.
Above, an automated sliding roof opens (on special occasions) to the heavens. Thus the faithful of Casablanca can indeed contemplate God’s sky and ocean in accordance with Hassan’s wishes.
At 689 feet, the Great Mosque’s minaret is the tallest structure in Morocco and the tallest minaret in the world. At night, lasers shine a beam from the top of the minaret toward Mecca, “to point the way to God.” The building was designed to withstand earthquakes and has a heated floor and electric doors.
The style of the Hassan II Mosque displays strong Moorish influences, bringing to mind the Alhambra and Mezquita in Spain. Horseshoe arches prevail both outside and in, and the walls and columns of the interior are delicately carved in a variety of intricate patterns.
There is a huge women’s gallery on the right as you face the prayer area, which is beautifully carved of dark wood. The prayer area in the back is spacious and carpeted in red. Downstairs are Turkish-style baths and fountains for washing.
You can tour this amazing mosque for 120 Dirham (at the time of this review that is about $15 USD).
Video of Hassan II Mosque
You can get flights to Casablanca from all major cities of the UK including London, Manchester, and Birmingham.