Religious buildings in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque

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The Hassan II Mosque (العربية. مسجد الحسن الثاني), located in Casablanca is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest mosque in the world after (i) the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca and (ii) the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque) in Medina. Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues., it stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. A further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosque's adjoining grounds. Its minaret is the world's tallest at Шаблон:Convert.

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Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies over the Atlantic water. This was inspired by the verse of the Qur'an that states "the throne of God was built on water". Part of floor of this facility is glass so worshippers can kneel directly over the sea; above, spotlights shine at night from the top of the minaret toward Mecca These features were specifically requested by King Hassan II, who declared, "I want to build this mosque on the water, because God's throne is on the water. Therefore, the faithful who go there to pray, to praise the creator on firm soil, can contemplate God's sky and ocean."

It also includes a number of modern touches: it was built to withstand earthquakes and has a heated floor, electric doors, and a sliding roof.

The mosque displays strong Moorish influence and the architecture of the building is similar to that of the Alhambra and the Mezquita in Spain. This and the old Tin Mal Mosque are the only mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims. Non-Muslims may view the interior on hour-long guided tours that depart several times daily.

Works

Work on the mosque was commenced on 12 July 1986, and was intended to be completed for the 60th birthday of the former Moroccan king, Hassan II, in 1989. However, the building was not inaugurated until 30 August 1993.

All of the granite, plaster, marble, wood, and other materials used in its construction were taken from around Morocco, with the sole exceptions of some white granite columns and the glass chandeliers, both of which come from Italy. Six thousand traditional Moroccan artisans worked for five years to turn these raw materials into abundant and incredibly beautiful mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, and carved and painted wood ceilings.

See also

  • List of largest mosques
  • List of mosques
  • Islamic architecture
  • Islamic art
  • Timeline of Islamic history
  • Zellige
  • Tadelakt

References

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Andrew Ham
2 August 2011

most favorite place in Casa, always peaceful

Jalil El Outmani
9 April 2012

The designer is the French architect Michel Pinseau. It's built by Bouygues

Zahra Hamirani, Esq.
26 December 2012

It sits on the Atlantic Ocean facing the slums of casablanca. There is such a juxtaposition where a mosque costing over 800,000,000 usd sits in a city facing the urban poor.

Leonardo Giannetti
9 January 2011

Only place to visit in Casablanca. Don't miss it.

Zahra Hamirani, Esq.
26 December 2012

sits on the Atlantic Ocean facing the slums of casablanca. There is such a juxtaposition where a mosque costing over 800,000,000 usd sits in a city facing the urban poor.

Zahra Hamirani, Esq.
26 December 2012

Very beautiful mosque and worth taking the tour, 120 DHA pp and get to see where over 100,000 people can pray in peak times.

Jalil El Outmani
9 April 2012

The minaret is the world's tallest at 210 m (689 ft)

Misa Shikuma
3 August 2013

Tours only in the morning (9, 10, 11am) during Ramadan.

zineb elmouakit
17 July 2013

Beautiful spirit #Ramadan

Veronica Corry
3 August 2012

so beutyfull....

Kriss L
2 August 2012

breath taking mosque, huge and standing on the water

🍊Just Peachy🍊
3 April 2011

Beautiful building!

Noah Weiss
12 January 2016

One of the most amazing buildings I've ever seen. The scale is hard to comprehend. It took 7 years of 13,000 people working 24x7 to build it... In 1993. Worth the trip to Casablanca for.

Scott Mainwaring
2 August 2012

Ostentatious monument to the dictator Hassan II, this huge and intimidating structure was paid for by taxing the population regardless of ability to pay.

Jalil El Outmani
9 April 2012

It stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic105,000 worshippers can gather for prayer (25,000 inside / 80,000 outside)

Mery Ka
27 October 2013

La plus grande mosquée au Maroc. Un lieu de culte musulman avec une architecture typiquement marocaine

Harun A
26 June 2013

Namaz vakti disinda iceri almiyorlar(turistik ziyaret haric)

Büşş 💎
2 February 2014

Eşsiz güzelliği olan camii.Denize kurulmuş,1 milyar dolar harcanmış.Mükemmel ötesi.!

Erim Funda
26 October 2013

Camiden cok kilise formatinda bir yapi. Mimar Sinan dan sonra Fransizin yaptigi pek olmamis

Michael 미카
1 August 2012

‘신의 옥좌는 물 위에 지어졌다’는 코란의 구절 그대로 바다 위에 지어진 하산 2세 사원.

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0.2km from Boulevard Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Casablanca, Morocco

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Fri Noon–10:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Mon 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Tue 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
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