The Hassan II Mosque is perched high above the Atlantic Ocean, just like Allah’s throne as described in the Quran. Take a guided tour and step inside the immense doors to admire this architecturally very impressive religious building.
In 1980 King Hassan II commissioned the mosque to commemorate his 60th birthday. By the time it was completed in 1993, it had cost a fortune. The King died in 1999 and lies buried in the mausoleum of his father, Mohammed V.
Although Hassan II was considered to be one of the region’s harshest and most conservative rulers, his mosque is something many Moroccans are still very proud of today. Not in the least because most of the materials, some of the funding and thousands of artisan craftsmen were sourced from all over the country to put this grand edifice together. The French architect, Michel Pinseau, had also lived in Morocco.
Reaching a whopping 689 feet (210 meters) high, the minaret of the Hassan II Mosque is the world's second tallest and a laser at the top points towards Mecca. As you get closer, admire the Moorish architecture and decorations of the mosque. Visit the on-site museum to learn how the woodcarvings and mosaics were made and what the symbols mean, among other interesting facts.
Pose for pictures by the stunning mosaic fountains and admire the marble floors and walls. Part of the floor is made from glass, so you can see the ocean below, and the roof is retractable to bring in the star-studded night sky. There is room for over 100,000 worshippers, although most would have to pray outside.
The mosque is at one end of Boulevard Sour Jdid at the other end is Rick’s Café, another Casablanca must-see cultural attraction.
Non-Muslims are only allowed to step inside the mosque by paying for a guided tour. Remember that this is an active place of worship. Respectfully cover up including your knees and shoulders, and carry your shoes in the provided bags when venturing inside. Tours run several times a day outside of prayer hours, are provided in English and other major languages, and last about 45 minutes.