Said to have taken seven years and 10,000 craftsmen to construct, the awe-inspiring Hassan II Mosque is the most important landmark in Casablanca. Built as a tribute to the former king of Morocco, King Hassan II, it features intricate stonework and a stunning location on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t miss this triumph of contemporary craftsmanship.
A mosque fit for a king
Considered to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad by pious Muslims, King Hassan II ruled Morocco for 38 years. In a speech on July 9th, 1980, he said that he wanted “to build this mosque on the water, because God’s thrown was on water,” which is why the location on the Atlantic cliffs was chosen.
The biggest mosque in Africa
Dominating the skyline with its 210-meter-high minaret—the tallest in the world—the mosque is the second largest in the world following the Grand Mosque of Mecca. Designed by French architect Michel Pinseau, the mosque features beautiful arches, stunning courtyards, and rich Islamic detailing. Contemporary for its time, you’ll be surprised to find features like a retractable roof that opens up to the sky, not to mention the stunning glass floor in the main hall, allowing worshippers to kneel directly above the sea.