Hassan II Mosque

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Casablanca

The mosque Hassan II is a mosque located in Casablanca built partly on the sea, it is a religious and cultural complex, arranged on nine hectares and includes a prayer room, ablution room, baths, a Koranic school (Madrasa ), a library and a museum.

The prayer room can accommodate 25,000 faithful and esplanade 80,000 (the complete set can accommodate 105,00014 people).

The Hassan II mosque is the 6th largest mosque in the world, and has a mineral from a height of 2001 to 210 m3 according to the sources, the 2nd highest in the world. Craftsmen recruited from all over the kingdom had carved 53,000 square meters of wood and assembled more than 10,000 square meters of Zellige (ceramics) for the place of worship.

 
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What to see at the Mosque ? 

The Hassan II Mosque is open to all Muslims at daily prayer times and for special Friday services. Non-Muslim visitors may enter the mosque on guided tours, which take place several times a day in English.The most distinctive characteristic of the Hassan II Mosque is its spectacular location (see aerial view below) on a platform over the Atlantic Ocean. Uniquely, part of the mosque's floor is made of glassso worshippers can kneel directly over the sea. Unfortunately, this wonderful feature is mainly for royal use and is off-limits to visitors.Above, an automated sliding roof opens (on special occasions) to the heavens. Thus the faithful of Casablanca can indeed contemplate God's sky and ocean in accordance with Hassan's wishes.

At 689 feet, the Great Mosque's minaret is the tallest structure in Morocco and the tallest minaret in the world. At night, lasers shine a beam from the top of the minaret toward Mecca, "to point the way to God." The building was designed to withstand earthquakes and has a heated floor and electric doors.

There is a huge women's gallery on the right as you face the prayer area, which is beautifully carved of dark wood. The prayer area in the back is spacious and carpeted in red. Downstairs are Turkish-style baths and fountains for washing.