Inside the great Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco
This magnificent Mosque located in Casablanca, and partly built on the sea, it is a religious and cultural complex, spread over nine hectares and includes a prayer hall, ablution room, baths, a Quranic school, a library, and a museum. The prayer hall can accommodate 25,000 people with a total area of 20,000 m2. The entire complex can accommodate 105,000 people.
The Hassan II Mosque was built under the reign and directives of King Hassan II. Planned on the site of the former municipal swimming pool, its construction began on July 12, 1986 and its inauguration took place on August 30, 1993, after seven years of work.
If the Hassan II Mosque is the third largest in the world in size, it nevertheless has the tallest minaret on Earth, at a height of 201 meters. An emblem for the faithful who pray in this place to be as close as possible to their beliefs. King Hassan II also built a huge sunroof there, in accordance with the belief that gives heaven as good a virtue as earth and water. Right on the water, the eminent mosque required foundations of 26,000 cubic meters of concrete. 53,000 cubic meters of finely carved wood and 10,000m² of zellige (Arabic ceramic) were then assembled to give birth to the magnificent Hassan II Mosque in 1993.
Because the mosque is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the stability of the protective structures has proven to be insufficient and major work to strengthen the embankment has been underway since October 2006. Subject to very severe climatic constraints (swell, humidity, spray) Hassan II mosque has, despite constant maintenance, shown signs of early aging in 1998 (cracks, falling form-work panels).
For the finishing and the religious objects, craftsmen from all over the kingdom helped to cover more than 53,000 m2 of carved wood and assembled more than 10,000 m2 of zellige. The sculpted and painted plaster was entirely worked on site by 1,500 maâlems (professionals) over more than 67,000 m2. The cedar wood domes were fixed to frames made with 971 t of stainless steel and suspended from the reinforced concrete structure. The marble and granite coverings of Moroccan origin represent 50 hectares of area with an average thickness of 14 cm.
Indeed, this complex has much more than a place of worship inside its walls! The faithful and other lucky people can just as easily enjoy the Moroccan hammam of the Hassan II Mosque, its Quranic school, its library, or its museum! Each of these places is an additional reason not to miss spending an afternoon as pleasant as it is relaxing, between the walls of an inspired and sublime monument.