Hassan II Mosque
On the shore, just beyond the northern tip of the medina of Casablanca (old town), the Hassan II mosque dominates the whole city. Completed in 1993, it is the second largest mosque in the world, covering an area of two hectares with the world’s tallest minaret (200 meters high). The prayer room can accommodate 25,000 faithful, while the courtyard (which has a retractable roof) can accommodate 80,000 more. A surprisingly intricate decoration covers every inch of surface. The location, right on the tip of the rocky bay above the ocean, is quite dramatic. Non-Muslims can visit the mosque on guided tours, which start at the entrance to the mosque entrance several times a day.
Although the old town district of Casablanca may have less exotic atmosphere than the medina of Fes and Marrakech, the drum of labyrinth lanes remains to be discovered. Authentic merchants sell their goods to buyers, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker are all counted. It is a casual and dilapidated neighborhood with an authentic residential feel and an ideal place to experience the pulse of life in Casablanca. There are also interesting koubbas men (sanctuaries) in the southern section of the Medina.
Place Mohammed V
Place Mohamed V is the central square of Casablanca. It houses many important official buildings of the city, including the main post office, the Palais de Justice, the Prefecture, the Consulate of France and the main bank of Morocco. The façades of the building all bear the neo-Moorish style that French resident general Lyautey planned for the city as he prepared to modernize Casablanca in the early 20th century. The square has a central fountain and well-kept gardens. During the evenings, it is a favorite place to walk.
The lively central market of Casablanca is a must for tourists who want to throw themselves into the midst of city life. Just in the city center, the marketplace is where locals come to buy and sell, whether it’s home vegetable steppers, or grocers who shout their special offers. This is a great opportunity for photographers and fun for all the others. You will find everything here from plastic bowls to the famous slippers of Morocco. You never know, you might be able to catch some good bargains when visiting.