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Hassan II Mosque

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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.

Characteristics

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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Tips & Hints

Andrew Ham
Andrew Ham 2 August 2011
39
most favorite place in Casa, always peaceful
Jalil El Outmani
Jalil El Outmani 9 April 2012
6
The designer is the French architect Michel Pinseau. It's built by Bouygues
Zahra Hamirani, Esq.
Zahra Hamirani, Esq. 26 December 2012
5
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
Leonardo Giannetti 9 January 2011
5
Only place to visit in Casablanca. Don't miss it.
Zahra Hamirani, Esq.
Zahra Hamirani, Esq. 26 December 2012
4
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.
Zahra Hamirani, Esq. 26 December 2012
4
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
Jalil El Outmani 9 April 2012
4
The minaret is the world's tallest at 210 m (689 ft)
Misa Shikuma
Misa Shikuma 3 August 2013
3
Tours only in the morning (9, 10, 11am) during Ramadan.
zineb elmouakit
zineb elmouakit 17 July 2013
3
Beautiful spirit #Ramadan
Veronica Corry
Veronica Corry 3 August 2012
3
so beutyfull....
Kriss L
Kriss L 2 August 2012
3
breath taking mosque, huge and standing on the water
🍊Just Peachy🍊
🍊Just Peachy🍊 3 April 2011
3
Beautiful building!
Noah Weiss
Noah Weiss 12 January 2016
2
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
Scott Mainwaring 2 August 2012
2
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
Jalil El Outmani 9 April 2012
2
It stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic105,000 worshippers can gather for prayer (25,000 inside / 80,000 outside)
Mery Ka
Mery Ka 27 October 2013
5
La plus grande mosquée au Maroc. Un lieu de culte musulman avec une architecture typiquement marocaine
Harun A
Harun A 26 June 2013
4
Namaz vakti disinda iceri almiyorlar(turistik ziyaret haric)
Büşş 💎
Büşş 💎 2 February 2014
2
Eşsiz güzelliği olan camii.Denize kurulmuş,1 milyar dolar harcanmış.Mükemmel ötesi.!
Erim Funda
Erim Funda 26 October 2013
2
Camiden cok kilise formatinda bir yapi. Mimar Sinan dan sonra Fransizin yaptigi pek olmamis
Michael 미카
Michael 미카 1 August 2012
2
‘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
33.60839°, -7.63276°
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