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A February 2004 trip to Casablanca by Gaires2359

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Quote: Made famous by the movie that took its name, Casablanca boasts beautiful scenery, not just Rick's Cafe. Being a Muslim country, it is home to the world's third largest mosque, and, of course, all those white houses after which this city is named.

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Casablanca Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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If anything in Casablanca should remind you of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, it should be the old city with its old colonial buildings built in the art-deco style. But the city also boasts a modern side, which is as far away from its Hollywood image as it is from Oriental romanticism. But nonetheless beautiful in its own respect. The centre of Casablanca is fairly impressive with big, lively boulevards, and high, white, well-kept buildings. It is clean and efficient. People visiting Casablanca as their first city could easily end up hating this place, as there are few things here offering the visitor a reaffirmation of its Orientalism. But for people having visited other parts of M...Read More

Hassan II Mosque

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Attraction | "Walking Tour of Hassan II Mosque"

Hassan II Mosque Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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Being the only mosque in the whole of Morocco that is open to the non-Muslim public everyday except Fridays. Although it costs around US$20 per person for the guided tour, it is more than just sightseeing, but an eye-opener to the world and religion of Islam. There are four guided tours per day (from Saturday to Thursday at 9, 10, 11am and 2pm) so make sure that you time it well or else you’d be left sitting around and waiting for your turn. And each tour can only take up to about 20 or 30 people. There are benches on both sides of the mosque and a nice place to sit and take a bite while you're waiting for the tour to start. There is no shade, but the temperature is tempered by the breezes blowi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2004

Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca, Morocco

Cultural Centre of Casablanca

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Attraction

Cultural Centre of Casablanca Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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Boulevard Muhammad V is Casablanca's busiest shopping street, and it is along this boulevard where you will find a charming combination of European and Oriental architectural styles, especially #3, 40, 67 and 97. Halfway along this boulevard is a small and unexpected discovery, the Brasserie du Petit Poucet, a fashionable gathering place since the early ‘20s. Illustrated letters from the famed writer of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, congratulating the owner on the high standard of his establishment, still hang on the walls. The most eye-catching façade is that of #208; the colourful zellige with which it is covered mark the contribution of the Moroccan craftsm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2004

Cultural Centre of Casablanca
Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

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Attraction | "King Hassan's Legacy-Hassan II Mosque"

Hassan II Mosque Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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This was an ambitious project undertaken by King Hassan II, whose aim was to build the most magnificent mosque at the most western point of the Muslim world. He was assured that this monument would be the North African equivalent of the Statue of Liberty. The pride of Morocco, it marries modern metallic titanium with traditional stonework. Being the third largest mosque after Mecca and Medina, this awesome building is perched on the precipice of a cliff, with part of it hanging over the sea. Inspired by the Koran, which says that "the throne of God was built on water," this project was ingenious as the symbol of a developing Atlantic nation because, for centuries, the Arabs were plagued with the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2004

Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca, Morocco

The Corniche

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The Corniche Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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Finishing our tour of Hassan II Mosque in the early evening, we decided to take a stroll along Boulevard de La Corniche, an area where Casablancans go to play. It is the Riviera of the African continent, the Blackpool of Morocco, the South Beach of Casablanca. It stretches from the Mosque on a crescent to the El Hank Lighthouse, which stands on a rocky headland west of Casablanca. The sea swell and a great sandbank once made the port of Casablanca extremely dangerous, so to help ships negotiate these obstacles, the French built the lighthouse in 1905. Today, you can still see ferocious crashing waves upon the outcrop. From the lighthouse, northwards along the waterfront is bordered...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2004

The Corniche
Boulevard de La Corniche
Casablanca, Morocco