Hassan II Mosque – An artist’s delight

Hassan IIAs you approach the Hassan II Mosque, there is no other expression except awe. Said to be the largest mosque in Africa and one of the top three largest mosques in the world, the Hassan II is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship. This 800 million dollar architectural feat was the dream of the previous king of Morocco, His Majesty Hassan II. Construction began in 1986 and was finally completed in 1993. The only mosque of Morocco that is open to the public, Hassan II is well worth a visit.

Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque

As you enter into the main doors, taking off your shoes in respect, you will feel like you have stepped into another world. Every tile is hand carved with the cedar wood engraved by hand and the plasterwork done by masters. You will just sit back and enjoy the fabulous artwork of Morocco. Your guide will explain to you the history and design of the Hassan II; showing you the prayer areas, fountains, and public baths.

The Hassan II mosque does have some modern additions like the sliding roof that opens to see the moon during their holy month or the laser beam that points in the direction of Mecca each night. None the less, the Hassan II is one of the most impressive, traditional, artisanal handiworks that you will see in Morocco.

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