On the shore, just beyond the northern tip of Casablanca’s medina (old city), the Hassan II mosque dominates the entire city. Completed in 1993, it is the second largest mosque in the world, covering an area of two hectares with the highest minaret in the world (200 meters high). The prayer room can seat 25,000 people, while the courtyard (which has a retractable roof) can accommodate 80,000 more people. A surprisingly complex decoration covers every centimeter of surface. The location, just at the tip of the rocky bay above the ocean, is quite spectacular. Non-Muslims can visit the mosque during guided tours that begin at the entrance of the mosque entrance several times a day.
Although the old city of Casablanca may have a less exotic atmosphere than the medina of Fez and Marrakech, the drum labyrinthine ways remains to be discovered. Authentic merchants sell their products to buyers, the butcher, baker and candle maker are all counted. It’s a relaxed and run down neighborhood with an authentic residential feel and a great place to discover the pulse of life in Casablanca. There are also interesting koubbas men (shrines) in the southern part of the Medina.
Place Mohamed V is the central square of Casablanca. It houses many important official buildings of the city, including the main post office, the Palace of Justice, the Prefecture, the Consulate of France and the main bank of Morocco. The facades of the building all have the neo-Moorish style that the French general Lyautey had planned for the city as he prepared to modernize Casablanca in the early twentieth century. The square has a central fountain and well maintained gardens. During the evenings, it is a favorite place to walk.
The bustling central market of Casablanca is a must for the tourists who want to throw themselves in the middle of the urban life. Just in the city center, the market is where locals come to buy and sell, be they market gardeners or grocery stores shouting their special offers. It’s a great opportunity for photographers and fun for everyone else. Here you will find everything from plastic bowls to the famous slippers of Morocco. You never know, you might be able to catch some good bargains when visiting.
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