For various reasons, Casablanca almost got left off our itinerary, but I insisted on going there because I wanted to see the Hassan II Mosque, especially after having visited the monumental mosques in Abu Dhabi and Muscat. I wasn’t disappointed, because it was simply spectacular.
“With a prayer hall that can accommodate 25.000, the Hassan II Mosque is the second-largest religious building in the world, after the mosque in Mecca. The complex covers 9 hectares (978,774 square feet), two-thirds of it being built over the sea. The minaret, the lighthouse of Islam, is 200 m (656 feet) high, and two lase beams, reaching over a distance of 30 km (18.5 miles) shine in the direction of Mecca. The building was designed by Michel Pinseau, 35,000 craftsmen worked on it, and it opened in 19923. … [It] is a monument to Moroccan architectural virtuosity and craftsmanship.” (“Eyewitness Travel, Morocco”)