Casablanca Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca Hassan II Mosque

   The tallest mosque in the world and the only one built in the middle of the sea. Many qualifications come to mind when talking about the Hassan II Grand Mosque in Casablanca: majestic, spectacular, grandiose… It is a true wonder and that is why I decided to dedicate this post to it. The mosque’s situation on an artificial peninsula is due to the fact that Hassan II, who had it built, was motivated by the Koranic passage “The throne of God was constructed on the waves,” which appears to have inspired him. It boasts an amazing exterior view that makes it appear to be an island in the middle of the ocean. It was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau. Its construction took eight years, having been inaugurated in 1993 to coincide with the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

The greatness of the Hassan II mosque is within:

   In the prayer hall, with a capacity of more than 20,000 worshippers, 78 pillars support a cedar-wood ceiling that has an opening system that normally opens in summer, allowing the sky to be contemplated from inside. It is the only mosque in Morocco that welcomes non-Muslims. Of course, it can only be visited by guided tour. It is developed in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. The guides usually speak Spanish quite well and explain, not only what we see, but also Ramadan, the separate prayer of men and women, and the Koran. You can ask them any questions you wish. The ablution area, which has stucco walls and 41 marble fountains, is located in the lowest portion of the mosque. Worshippers usually use the taps on the wall for ablutions before prayer, as these fountains are used only on special occasions. The hammam is not open to the public, that is, it was built only to make it more complete for tourists. The richness of the work of Moroccan artisans is present throughout the mosque: carved wood, grates, tiles, frescoes and mosaics of geometric shapes, stucco …


   The latest technologies were also used in its construction, e.g., earthquake-proof, electric doors, the floor is equipped with radiant heating, and the minaret has a fast elevator from which one can reach the top in one minute. It also has speakers to amplify the voice of the magnet that blends seamlessly into the coffered ceilings of the columns, the imposing Murano glass lamps hanging from the prayer hall weigh about 1,000 kilograms, and the building has 25 doors made of titanium and brass.

Casablanca Hassan II Mosque


It is important to remember that this is a temple of great religious importance and it is advisable to show respect at all times. And this extends to the wardrobe: you must wear closed shoes and long pants. Women should not cover their heads.

   In Casablanca, the Great Mosque of Hassan II is a masterpiece of Arab-Muslim architecture and, both from the outside and inside offers a spectacular sight.

Casablanca Hassan II Mosque

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