Sights in Casablanca

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Casablanca Sights Intro is an introduction to many things to see and do in the great city of Casablanca, Morocco. The northeastern city of Casablanca sits near the Atlantic Ocean and offers it's visitors an array of interesting sights, many great restaurants and a wide variety of shopping. Casablanca is a great city to just sit back and take in the smells and sounds of Northern Africa. 

Hassan II Mosque quickly became the identifying landmark of Casablanca after it's completion in 1993. This sacred mosque is the largest mosque in the country of Morocco, as well as the third largest mosque in the world. King Hassan II declared on his birthday in 1980 that he would built an astonishing and "fine building of which it could be proud until the end of time", and King Hassan held up to his promise. The Hassan II Mosque is an amazing structure, built with intricate detail, and nearly all the materials that were used in construction are native to Morocco. The Hassan II Mosque is estimated to have cost over $800 million to build. The Mosque is open for daily prayers to all Muslims, and non-Muslims are able to take a guided tour. The Hassan II Mosque has the capacity to hold over 25,000 worshippers.

The Boulevard de la Corniche, also referred to as the French Riviera of Africa, is a long street stretching from the Hassan II Mosque along the Atlantic Ocean to the sandy banks. The Boulevard is home to many trendy nightclubs, and is the place to go for nighttime entertainment. Boulevard de la Corniche plays host to the infamous Rick's Cafe, made famous in the movie Casablanca. Many visitors wander into Rick's Cafe for a song on the piano and a cocktail. The Boulevard de la Corniche is bustling with locals and visitors, is a great place to people watch, and it offers some spectacular ocean views.

El Hank Lighthouse was built in 1919 to help sailors steer their vessels away from the shore. Until the construction of the lighthouse, Casablanca saw many ships running ashore on it's sandy banks. El Hank Lighthouse, also known as Pointe d'el-Hank Light, stands 161 feet high, and its light can be seen from 30 nautical miles away. The lighthouse is another famous landmark associated with Casablanca, and is a great place to bring a picnic lunch and watch the waves crash below.

Corniche Beach is a nice place to lie back and enjoy the warm climate or go for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The beach and water are clean but the surf can get rough at times due to the wind.

Contributor: Kristin Nichols


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January 26, 2010 change by schitti

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Lusitania

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Lusitania is the Jewish district of Casablanca. About 5000 jews still live in the city. The main Synagogue, the Namarroch is at the corner of the rue Rousseau and the Rue Ibn Rochd. There are also different jewish schools in the quarter. Priscila:

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Hassan II Mosque

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There is no arguing about taste; it's one of the most beautiful modern structures built. It's one of the biggest in the world. It’s also one of the most expensive, $800 million went into the project of building it, all Moroccans have directly contributed - a tax was imposed on them to help build it. Non-Muslims can see the homage to Allah. The entry fee is 100dh.

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Ain Diab

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The beach at Ain Diab is actually quite nice. Many beach clubs line the Ocean front with names like Le Tonga, Miami or Tahiti. Daycards can be expensive, but you can shop around and as a tourist you might have a chance to be let in at a reduced price. sara: reola mona: nice

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Place Mohammed V

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Also known as Place des Nations Unies, this square in the centre of Casablanca is one of the nicest examples of French Colonial Architecture. This kind of architecture, known as Mauresuqe, was heavily influenced by art deco. Benali Naima: mona: nice

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