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Aïn Chock

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  • Day6

    Hassan II Mosque

    April 10 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Hassan II Mosque is a mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the 3rd largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210m. The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca. The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean; worshippers can pray over the sea but there is no glass floor looking into the sea. The walls are of hand-crafted marble and the roof is retractable. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque's outside grounds.

    The building was commissioned by King Hassan II to be the most ambitious structure ever built in Morocco. It was designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau who had lived in Morocco, and was constructed by the civil engineering group Bouygues. Work commenced on July 12, 1986, and was conducted over a seven-year period. Construction was scheduled to be completed in 1989 ready for Hassan II's 60th birthday. During the most intense period of construction, 1400 men worked during the day and another 1100 during the night. 10,000 artists and craftsmen participated in building and beautifying the mosque. However, the building was not completed on schedule which delayed inauguration. The formal inauguration was subsequently chosen to be the 11th Rabi' al-awal of the year 1414 of the Hegira, corresponding to 30 August 1993, which also marked the eve of the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birth. It was dedicated to the Sovereign of Morocco.

    Just awesome!!!
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  • Day1

    Casablanca, Morocco

    September 14, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Arriving into Casablanca was as always busy, hectic and very noisy. Once we arrived home though the warm welcome came and it felt nice being back with Fatima. The Moroccan tea with an assorted range of biscuits arrived and so began the girls love of the Grandma's tea.

    The streets were busy and the car driving was as crazy as ever. It seemed like everyone was in a hurry to go nowhere. The patience level in Casablanca is at a all time low.

    It was awesome seeing Younes again, how quickly took us to a great coffee shop which sold yummy crepes which kept the girls happy.

    We met our niece and the girls cousins for the first time, Rhianna and Bershala. We bought some bubbles with us and was great seeing the girls all play without each other despite the obvious language barrier. The youngest Bershala is a splitting image of Yasmine at the same age.
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  • Day8

    Tag 5, Casablanca

    November 2, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Eigentlich war ja wieder ausschlafen angesagt...aber...das Hotel hat einen Hahn und dieser meinte die Gäste haben um 5:30 Uhr ausgeschlafen zu sein. Der Versuch mit Oropax noch eine Stunde zu schlafen schlug fehl. All diese Umstände hatten jedoch etwas gutes, ich kam in den Genuss eines wunderschönen Sonnenaufgangs.
    Da wir bis zur Abfahrt des Busses noch etwas Zeit hatten, gingen wir zum Strand und machten uns mit Indian Balance fit für den Tag.
    Um halb zehn kämpfte sich unser Busfahrer Brahim durch den dichten Verkehr in Richtung Hassan ll Moschee. Schon aus der Ferne konnte man erahnen, welches imposante Bauwerk in nur 6 Jahren erichtet worden war. Wir hatten Glück auch das Innere besichtigen zu können. Es ist wirklich unglaublich, dass dort 25000 Gläubige zum Gebet zusammen kommen können. Wir hatten einen sehr netten Führer, der sogar seine Erklärungen mit witzigen Einlagen schmückte.
    Der Besichtigung schloss sich die Stadtrundfahrt durch Casablanca an und nach dem Mittagessen im Hotel Swiss, welches auch unser Übernachtungshotel war, starteten wir unsere letzte lange Etappe von 240 km zurück nach Marrakesch.
    Drei Übernachtungen haben wir nun im Hotel Farah.
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  • Day171

    Casablanca

    December 8, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Casablanca sits on the Atlantic and is a cosmopolitan town. The two most interesting places are the Hassan II mosque (another post) and the media or old city. The first pic is the clock tower at the corner of the media at the main square in the center of town. Then a couple pictures in the media followed by a view of the continue and the Atlantic, a look at Rick's cafe ( yes its there based on the movie) and the old city wall.Read more

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Aïn Chock, Ain Chock

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