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The Hassan II Mosque was built in a peninsula and the bulk of the mosque extends into the ocean. The building started 1987 and it took 6 years to complete. The mosque is open for prayers 5 times daily and it can accommodate 25,000 persons The outside prayer area can hold 80,000 people
If you are a non Muslim you can still visit the inside for 50 DH. This is one of few mosques that non Muslims can visit in Morocco. A guided tour operates 9am, 10 am, 11am, and 2pm at cost of Dh120. The tour can be provided in various languages.
The mosque had an opening ceremony attended by the king him self on August 30, 1993. It was designed by the French architect, Michel Pinseau. It took 2,500 men working two shifts to complete this mosque in time. The Mosque was funded by Moroccan people who donated generously. Needless to say Moroccan had mixed reviews as the total cost was an estimated US$ 750,000,000
the complex, which is 90000 sq. metres in size, has a public library, a Koranic school, rooms of ablutions and a 2 Moroccan Hammams for women and men. There is a very big underground car Garage too
The Mosque has a glass floor showing the sea below and a retractable roof It has heated floors, electric doors and it is supposedly has an earthquake resistant structure. The Minaret the 200+ meters with a laser on top to indicates the direction to Mecca. The mosque is a master piece and a showcase for Moroccan architecture with nothing but the best Moroccan art.
If you leave the Mosque and walk towards town -away from the sea- and beyond the library you come across an area with a large sign (The Royal Blvd). This area is among the poor Neighborhoods but it is poised for major development. You will see house demolished and there is a gradual plan to relocate people to newer suburbs of the city.
Address: Boulevard Sour Jdid, Casablanca. Morocco
Directions: North of Boulevarfd de. Tiznit at the end of Blvd. Sour Jdid.
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