Casablanca Holidays

Casablanca Travel


Casablanca conjours up romantic images of a bygone era, from the film of the same name but today it is a modern city, with wide streets and some of the old French colonial buildings remain. The Place de Nations Unies is the central point of Casalanca, as it not only leads to the medina but also the wide streets lead from it.

The market here has not only handicrafts but also an abundance of food, including live turtles! It is not the same as the souks of say Marrakech or Fes, but well worth a visit but be prepared to bargain hard.

The old city is not quite as impressive as other old cities within Morocco, but it has an interesting feel. The city walls of Casablanca are surprisingly unobtrusive and quite low, compared to other cities in the country.

The Mosque of Hassan 2nd was the brainchild of the then king of Morocco . He first mentioned the project of this mosque in 1980, declaring that he would build it on the water, because of the Islamic belief that the throne of God rests on water.

It was designed by the French architect, Michel Pinseau, and has the tallest minaret in the world, with its 200 metres. There is room for 20,000 worshippers inside the mosque at the same time and the courtyard gives space for another 80,000. It was inaugurated on August 30, 1993.

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