Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesCouples, Friends
Rank1 out of 67 attractions in Casablanca
Places to stay near Hassan II Mosque
Reviews • 4
Day 1 - Visit Mosque..Take a guided tour to see the mosque from inside and know the timings allowed for visit beforehand.Tickets for tour will be availabel at the mosque.
Arrive at the fabulous city of Casablanca and Check-in to your 4 star hotel. Post some relaxation and freshening up, get ready to immerse yourself in some of the gorgeous sights and sounds the city has to offer. Get a glimpse of Moroccan Architecture at the Hassan II Mosque - commissioned by King Hassan II to be the most ambitious structure ever built in Morocco. Experience the coastal Cornish seaside.
Well, I have to say that those expecting romance or adventure here in Casablanca will be sorely disappointed. Humphrey Bogart never came here, and the film Casablanca was filmed entirely in Hollywood. ”Casa”, as the Moroccans call it, is actually Africa’s second-largest city after Cairo with a population between 3 and 4 million. It’s a very modern city compared to Marrakech and also home to Africa’s largest port. I planned to check out Casablanca’s biggest attraction and Morocco’s major landmark, the Hassan II Mosque. Proclaimed as a triumph of faith and craftsmanship, King Hassan’s mosque, on the shores of the Atlantic, was finally opened in 1993 after 6 years of construction. It is the second-largest mosque in the world, after Mecca, and possesses the tallest minaret (656 ft high). The mosque’s beautiful setting on the coast with breakers crashing at its base was apparently inspired by the Koranic verse: ‘the throne of God is on the water’. The prayer hall inside can accommodate 100,000 worshipers. It was beautiful and worth the stopover in Casa.
Built partially on water, this is the second largest mosque in the world (trivia: the first being the mosque at Mecca!) With its magnificence reflecting in its towering high minarets, it secularly invites even non-Muslim worshippers. The intricacies of its artwork, grandeur chandeliers and pious mosaics enclose a central glass flooring peaking into the waters of the ocean. Its ablution room and hammam leave you marveling at this architectural wonder!