When visiting Morocco’s city of Casablanca, there is one attraction at the top of everyone’s travel list.
The iconic Hassan II Mosque (with an impressive 585 million euros building cost) is not only Morocco’s largest Mosque but the second largest in all of Africa!
The mere statistics had us intrigued and looking forward to our visit.
We flew into Marrakesh and hired a driver to take us from there to Casablanca.
It was a smooth ride that took around 3 hours.
Upon arriving, I was truly taken back by the structural grandness of the building as well as the architectural details.
A truly Moroccan palace!
The contrast between the tiles and neutral tones of this majestic Casablanca Mosque made for a lovely sight, and in a subtle way, reminded us of the feminine beauty of the Taj Mahal.
That being said, I was was taken back by the fashion forward pattern and colors of the tiles.
Talk about a serious case of mosaic envy!
Just standing next to the massive and seemingly ever rising doors made us feel like royalty.
We made our way through the grounds of the Mosque taking in the many Moroccan style designs and enjoyed the splendid photo opportunities at every corner.
Another aspect that makes this landmark so unique, is the fact that the Mosque rises above the Atlantic Ocean being partially built on land and over the water.
We had heard that visiting inside was yet another impressive experience, sadly it was not open on the day we visited due to Ramadan.
We spent a few minutes watching the waves crash over before making our way back to our driver.
Suggestions for visiting the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca:
-As mentioned before, the drive between Marrakesh to Casablanca was just a little less than 3 hours. We hired a company, ATM Journey, to drive us there and wait for us while we explored the mosque. We had a great experience with them and used them a few times during our time in Morocco. They bent forwards and backwards to accommodate our every wish and were flexible with our kids needs. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for a reliable and trusted company in Morocco.
-A not to be missed photo opportunity is under the moroccan styled hallway with its repeating sealing and columns.
-We visited during the end of Ramadan. One of the disadvantages of going during that time is the Mosque was closed for entry. This was pretty unfortunate as we were really hoping to go inside, however just visiting the outside was still worth the trek!
-No tripods are allowed in the Mosque or in the grounds. We had a security guy approach us and tell we had to put it away.
-Expect crowds of locals and only a few tourists. This is a popular location for families to hangout and have a picnic. With a low number of tourists around, we felt like we were able to better experience and appreciate the local life.
-Walking around the exterior is free, but tickets are required to enter the Mosque. Keep in mind the Mosque closes to the public a few times a day for prayer time (check for more specific times before you visit).
What a truly spectacular place to see and experience Morocco’s rich culture and unique architectural details.
Once we visited, it was easy to comprehend why this is a top tourist destination in Casablanca.
Such a treat to get lost in the luxury and beauty of this one of a kind Mosque.
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