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Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca: 75 reviews and 146 photos

  Hard to get a good self-portrait with the mosque!
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      Hard to get a good self-portrait with the mosque!
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  • Turkish hammam in the basement (not in use) - Casablanca
      Turkish hammam in the basement (not in use)
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  • Fountain with blue, green mosaic artwork - Casablanca
      Fountain with blue, green mosaic artwork
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      Moroccan symmetry
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  • Tallest minaret in the world - Casablanca
      Tallest minaret in the world
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The Hassan II Mosque is undoubtedly THE landmark of Casablanca, with a host of superlatives tagging along behind it. 3rd-largest mosque in the world, largest mosque in Morocco, tallest minaret in the world, an eye-boggling amount of money and man-hours spent in its construction... they were probably had in mind to create a monument to rival the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
A little tip which might be helpful for travellers trying to get a Petit Taxi to come here... in French the mosque is called "Mosquee Hassan Deux", with a accent on the 2nd last letter of "Mosquee". The approximate pronunciation, if you don't speak French, is "Moss-kay Hassan Duh".
It's EXTREMELY windy on the square surrounding the mosque!
Visitors aren't allowed inside except during guided 1-hour tours held at 0900, 1000, 1100 and 1400, daily except Fridays. The admission fee is 120 MAD, students enjoy half price. As none of the tour timings fit my schedule, despite visiting Casablanca twice, I have been "spared" from contributing to their coffers! However a chap who looked like a worker there (?) motioned for me to join the group which was going towards the basement areas, and I did get to see those, which housed the Turkish baths (hammam), with lots of traditional mosaic art.
A selection of postcards featuring the mosque are available at the service counter in the basement area, for 8 MAD each. However if you're looking for postcards featuring a good view of the entire mosque, I found better pickings at the small convenience stores at Casablanca airport.
The mosque is said to boast Venetian glass chandeliers, a retractable roof, electrically-controlled doors etc. Named after King Hassan II, it took over 7 years to complete and most of the materials used in the construction were produced by Morocco itself.
The mosque is built on reclaimed land right at the edge of the Atlantic ocean, and if you look carefully, can be seen from the plane as you take off or land at Casablanca airport.

Address: Boulevard Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah
Directions: North of Boulevarfd de. Tiznit at the end of Blvd. Sour Jdid.
Website: http://fmh2.ma/fr/

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  • Updated Apr 5, 2010
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