Casablanca’s icon is state of the art and a relatively new addition to the city’s landscape. Opened in 1993 to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday the Hassan II Mosque has a retractable roof and a heated floor.
Designed by French architect Michele Pinseau it is the third largest mosque in the world. The interior can hold up to 25,000 worshippers.
The cost to build it was approximately half a billion dollars, which was funded privately. No detail was overlooked. A spa like hammam (public bath) offers a resort like atmosphere. When I was there last year the hammam was not open for use due to an ongoing management dispute.
Unlike most Islamic houses of worship non-Muslims are allowed inside although you must take a guided tour. Four of them run daily Monday-Thursday. They last about an hour and the first starts at 9 a.m.
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