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Mosque of Hassan 2



Mosque of Hassan 2. Casablanca, Morocco.
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Photo: Justin Clements.

Mosque of Hassan 2. Casablanca, Morocco.
Mosque of Hassan 2. Casablanca, Morocco.

Mosque of Hassan 2. Casablanca, Morocco.
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Photo: David Lisbona.

Mosque outside Casablanca, Morocco, begun in 1980 and completed in 1993, in order to celebrate the 60th birthday of King Hassan 2 of Morocco.
It is the highest religious building, and the second largest mosque in the world, covering 20,000 mē, with capacity for 25,000 people, of which 5,000 places are set aside for women. It is located next to the Atlantic Ocean, and the laser lights, that point in the direction of Mecca, from the minaret can be seen from miles out at sea. The mosque was designed by Michel Pinseau, a French architect.
The walls are made up of concrete clad with marble, and the interior has columns in marble, domes of carved wood and intricate stucco on the walls. The central square of the structure has a roof that can be opened.
The enormous cost of the mosque has been financed to a large extent by gifts, there have been many questions as to where all the money came from.




By Tore Kjeilen