Hassan II Mosque

Only a few figures and elements to make you want to visit it. 10 000 craftsmen were necessary to carry out a perfect work: chandeliers in crystal of Murano, walls in chiselled plaster, the marble is everywhere present, the granite, the onyx, the wood of cedar, stuccos and zelliges are of an exceptional quality.


It is the largest mosque in the Maghreb and certainly the most beautiful. Its construction began in 1980 to be completed in 1989 and it was inaugurated in 1993. First of all some impressive figures:

  • The minaret has a height of 200 meters (to compare the famous Koutoubia of Marrakech is only 77 meters)
  • The Mosque occupies 20 000 m2
  • 150 000 people can be welcomed there
  • 25,000 worshippers can come and pray in a room 60 meters high and 200 meters long.
  • The roof of this hall weighs 1100 tons and opens to the sky in record time
  • It has a laser beam indicating Mecca with a range of 30 kilometers
  • 10,000 craftsmen were needed for its construction
  • It cost more than 400 million euros
  • More than 300 people work there all year long.

But it is the best Moroccan craftsmen who have done the most beautiful work: Murano crystal chandeliers, chiseled plaster walls, marble is present everywhere, granite, onyx, cedar wood, stucco and zelliges of exceptional quality.
Everything has been studied to make this place a paradise of beauty and luxury. There is even an elevator, a hammam, a library, conference rooms, a museum and a Koranic school. The king has his apartments in a part of the mosque that unfortunately can not be visited. Moroccans seem quite proud of this monument, it must be said that everyone has put their hand in the pocket to participate in the record payment of this mosque. Whether merchants, farmers or civil servants, they had to pay (sometimes a month’s salary). Thus, this mosque belongs a little to everyone.
And even if for that it was necessary to destroy whole districts and that some workmen found the death there, one can only be ecstatic in front of so much panache, of beauty and majesty. And at night, the impressive lighting highlights the ochre and green colors.


How to get there

It is on the cornice. You can’t miss it, it can be seen from almost everywhere in Casablanca. Just follow the direction of the arrows of the minaret. Entrance 100 dirhams, it’s expensive, but it’s worth the detour especially since no other mosque can be visited in Morocco; indeed, if you are not Muslim, the entrance is refused. Open from 9 am to 2 pm with guided tours at 9, 10, 11 and 2 pm. Closed on Fridays because of the prayer.

Bd de la Corniche, Casablanca 20000, Morocco