Friday, March 6, 2015

Past POIs - Hassan II Mosque [Casablanca, Morocco]

While writing the posts about future POIs, I thought it would be equally interesting and informative if I look back at places that I have been to and learn some history behind them.  Do note that I only started writing in 2013 so I may cover places that I haven't written about on this blog but have been to prior to my writing.  The pictures included will be from my experiences though.

Hassan II Mosque

In 2012, I went on my first major trip with my friends and we went to Morocco as a group and our first stop was Casablanca.  Our first, and only, major point of interest in Casablanca was Hassan II Mosque.

Built in 1993, this mosque is the largest mosque in Africa and the 7th largest in the world.  The mosque hall is large enough to house 25,000 people and an additional 80,000 on the outside grounds.

Exterior archway
The minaret (the tower part of the mosque) is currently the world's tallest religious structure at 210 m (690 ft).  At the top is a laser which is electronically operated at nights and is pointed towards Mecca.

Being located right by the Atlantic Ocean provides the mosque with a wonderful view of the surround area although it has caused some issues due to the original construction not accounting for the salt water causing structural deterioration.  Within 10 years of the mosque's completion, they had extensive restoration work done which amounted to a cost of 50 million euros.  This restoration effort should give the building an additional 100 years of life.

If you are in the area, be sure to check it out.  It is quite a stand out point of interest, although it may be because I personally feel that it seems out of place since the surrounding area is being rebuilt.

Be sure to check back every Friday for another Past POI.