Casablanca – Morocco

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Casablanca is a city with many faces. With barely three centuries of life, and almost completely restored in the twentieth century, it could be defined as the temple of the modern architecture of Morocco, a place as inevitably linked to fashion thanks to its lavish restaurants, exclusive pools and beaches private. In front of this whole complex, Mosque of Hassan II, the only building that she returns to this city, its religious character. And that is lost in Casablanca is to enjoy the mystery of a paradise that combines the best of East and West. This discreet city by the sea wave, has been known for many years for being one of the major sanctuaries for experimenting with modern architecture.

The old square in France, is now renamed as United Nations Plaza, is the economic center of the city. Awash in shops, this unique place the main focus cafes and shops in the city. In the distance you can see the Clock Tower, built in 1910 by Captain Dessigny. Symbolized the colonial order, but also meant to Casablanca to be living at a pace that makes the industrial civilization. Demolished in 1940, was, fortunately, rebuilt in the image and likeness of the former in 1994 by the City of Sidi Belyout.

However, Avenue Mohamed V is the clearest example of this mixture of styles that show the world proud Casablanca. In more than ten kilometers are the most beautiful buildings in the city, built mostly in the 30s. This is the meeting point of the most notable Moroccan decorative arts and art deco.

Hassan II Mosque
Nearly 30,000 workers worked for more than 50 million hours in the construction of which has become one of the largest mosques in the world, the Hassan II. Because of its unique location, right on the edge of the ocean, and the impressive height of its minaret (210 meters) forced engineers and craftsmen to make the most innovative construction techniques. In its general configuration, the Mosque of Hassan II is presented in the form of a vast complex of 200 meters long and 60 meters in height.

King Hassan II Mosque Casablanca by Alan Hilditch.

This mosque, which is part of a vast project of urban restructuring, consists of four parts: the main building, which includes the prayer hall and the minaret, a lower passage comprising a tunnel, a museum and a library and finally as a car park. The most expensive was the construction of the main building, which was necessary to use eight cranes 220 tonnes and another twelve mobile.

The prayer room has capacity for 25,000 people, thanks to have a total area of 20,000 square meters.

The cornice, a Riviera-style Arabic
The reorganization that was submitted to the city Casablanca on the 20 foot allowed entry into what is known as the cornice (the Corniche), a Riviera-style kind of Arabic that can only be defined as a succession of beaches, pools and entertainment venues. The first made its appearance in 30 years, so today and are genuine classics.

A few miles from the beaches of the cornice is the marabout Sidi Abderhamman. Built on a rocky promontory accessible only when the tide is low, this monument is home to the pilgrims from any part of Morocco. His only problem is that it can only admire the beauty of the interior people of the Muslim faith.

Dominating the west from Casablanca, Anfa hill, with its large avenues filled with flowers and insulting radiant gardens, is the best example is that at present what the architectural change in the 30s.

The neighborhood of Habous
This neighborhood was built in 1919 by the French architect Albert Laprade for the sole purpose of housing the rural population that came to Casablanca mass. This is a unique creation in Morocco, as it combines with an incredible ability the basic rules of modern urbanism with the broad guidelines of Muslim architecture. Its success was such that the families quickly modest to be addressed were replaced by more affluent families. Two buildings stand out in this vast body, the royal palace, closed to the public since the 20s, and the Mahkama Pasha, built in 1948.

But undoubtedly the most famous of the neighborhood are its bazaars, where everything good price can be haggled to buy for a price more or less affordable craft products from the most remote places of Morocco: wooden furniture, objects leather, carpets and other products.

Bon voyage on their tours of Morocco!

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