Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque, a spectacular sight, is one of the largest religious Muslim buildings of the world on par with Mecca and Medina. Its construction was inspired using the most modern technologies while maintaining the spirit and beauty of traditional Morocco. Built over the sea, its 200 meters minaret is the highest in the world. Two permanently lit 30 km range lasers point toward Mecca. The hall of prayer has a mobile roof opening onto the sky and 41 fountains are sprinkled over the ablution rooms. The museum also hosts a Koranic school, a library and a museum. It is one of the few museums in Morocco open to non-Muslims.
This record-breaking feat of construction accommodates up to 105,000 faithful- 25,000 inside and 80,000 in the immense outside esplanade. The construction of the Mosque lasted 6 years and called for tens of thousands of Moroccan artisans and a vast number of talented artists contributed to the beautiful interior decoration. Frescoes, zelliges, Venetian stuccos and carved cedar woods all emphasize the superlative beauty of this building from the largest parts of the structure to the smallest details. Once there, you can read the fascinating information about the construction of this world famous Mosque.
The Mosque was designed under Hassan II by architect Michel Pinseau in conjunction with the Bymaro Company, a Moroccan subsidiary of Bouygues. This shining jewel of Arabo-Muslim architecture was built using an astronomical quantity of materials, all of Moroccan origin. The hall of prayers and its 2 hectares required 75 km of piping and supplies two levels with heated floors. The Mosque is lit by magnificent chandeliers weighing 1200 kg and huge Venetian wall lights 3 to 6 meters in diameter and 5 to 10 meters high. The retractable roof of the hall that opens in 5 minutes using a wheel-based mechanism. weighs 100 tons and has a surface area of 3,400 sq. meters,
This splendid building is truly a marvel of architecture. Hassan II wanted this Mosque to display to the world a modern representation of a Morocco still living with its traditions. It establishes an impressive artistic and religious dimension to Casablanca, already the economic capital of the country.