Hassan II Mosque,is the landmark of Casablanca.
Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الحسن الثاني) is a religious building in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest mosque in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 m (689 ft).
It stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic. A total of 105,000 worshippers can gather for prayer at the mosque simultaneously, 25,000 inside the mosque and another 80,000 on the mosque's ground outside.
The building was designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues.
Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies above sea water of the Atlantic. This was inspired by the verse of the Qur'an that states "the throne of Allah was built on water." Part of the floor is glass and offers a view down at the sea.
This feature was a result of King Hassan II declaring: "I want to build this mosque on the water, because God's throne is on the water. Therefore, the faithful who go there to pray, to praise the Creator on firm soil, can contemplate God's sky and ocean."
A spotlight shines in the direction of Mecca at night from the top of the minaret. The building also includes a number of other modern touches. It was built to withstand earthquakes and has heated floors, electric doors, and a sliding roof.
The mosque displays strong Moorish influence and the architecture of the building is similar to that of the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. This and the old Tin Mal Mosque are the only mosques in Morocco that are open to non-Muslim visitors. Anyone are welcome to buy a ticket to view the interior on hour-long guided tours departing several times daily.
Work on the mosque was commenced on 12 July 1986, and was intended to be completed for the 60th birthday of the former Moroccan king, Hassan II, in 1989. However, the building was not inaugurated until 30 August 1993. 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 the mosque.
All of the granite, plaster, marble, wood and other materials used in the construction, were taken from around Morocco, with the exception of some Italian white granite columns and glass chandeliers. Six thousand traditional Moroccan artisans worked for five years to create the abundant and beautiful mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, and carved and painted wood ceilings.
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Ricx (13489) 2012-01-11 23:52
Morning Danos, wow.. what an amazing building. with such fine artwork.. you have caugght it well with tyhe early morning sun, providing interesting angles and shadows.. an excellent support note Thanks For sharing Rich
danyy (0) 2012-01-12 0:16
joli duo de teintes entre ces bleus et dorés, sables. Le contre plongée donne beaucoup d'élan et de hauteur à cette mosquée. J'aime beaucoup le cadrage assorti du format vertical.
Une photo d'une extrême netteté.
geoant68 (2861) 2012-01-12 0:29
εντυπωσιακό το κομμάτι αυτό του Hassan II Mosque,με την αντίθεση των χρωμάτων να είναι μοναδική.Μου αρέση η ποιότητα της φωτογραφίας,όπως και η διαχείρηση του φωτός.
smarcell (19963) 2012-01-12 0:30
A beautiful archetacture, and a nice highly saturated image, with high contrast
mrichat (1355) 2012-01-12 0:51
this is a very sharp picture,grt color.nice presentation.
cavli (1874) 2012-01-12 0:53
Good morning Danos,
well framed and composed. very nice background. It gives a very good contrasting. nice pov.
bayno (18334) 2012-01-12 0:58
beautiful Mosque and wonderful framing, I really like the geometry and decorations, beautiful blue sky, lovely light well managed, regards, Valter
dale54 (5745) 2012-01-12 1:27
wonderfull contrast shot,hi danos!very well done with this pic,like your POV too!like the light in this! tfs! dr
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-12 1:29
a spectacular photo of this imposing architecture I like the composition and the decorative architectural details, fantastic blue sky, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
mauro61 (52545) 2012-01-12 4:33
bello il contrasto tra l'azzurro del cielo e il color pietra della costruzione.
POV vertiginoso che mostra l'imponenza dell'edificio,
jacquest (16426) 2012-01-12 4:47
Interesting angle of shot over the blue sky. Very good saturated colors and excellent sharpness.
pierrefonds (51028) 2012-01-12 4:50
The point of view toward the top of the mosque is giving perspective to the composition. It is also showing the details and colors of the architecture of the minaret. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Fis2 (77000) 2012-01-12 5:19
Excellent POV and composition.
Good colors and light.
Have a nice afternoon
sacimar (25969) 2012-01-12 5:30
impressive view of this Mosque, I like the angle you chose, the visual effect is really interesting, the blue sky was perfect that day, well seen,
ikeharel (44057) 2012-01-12 6:18
A fine clear shot over the tower with nice art-work on.
Strong light enhances the details.
Cheeres for a good photojob,
ChrisJ (91290) 2012-01-12 6:37
A good upward pov on the tower with outstanding graphism & a marvellous blue sky. The cp has done its job. Good sharpness & a nice minimalist composition. Tfs!
dkmurphys (42527) 2012-01-12 9:07
Lovely vertical shot. Impressive tower, well taken image.
Have a good night.
janusz2054 (306) 2012-01-12 10:31
This is a nice, sharp presentation of an interesting Mosque Hassan II .
Excellent colours and composition.
DjoleE_ (0) 2012-01-12 10:40
Beautiful photo, good sharpness and color display.
Photography is something that is essential and this is
good image quality.
TopGeo (38080) 2012-01-12 10:51
Γειά σου Δάνο!
Μια ενδιαφέρουσα εικόνα του Τζαμιού και μια σημείωση άριστη συνδυάζονται και δίνουν ένα συνολικό τέλειο αποτέλεσμα! Ενδιαφέρουσα λεπτομέρεια και χρώματα επίσης!
vasilpro (40557) 2012-01-12 14:03
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Εξαιρετική γωνιά λήψης και προοπτική ενός υπέροχου αρχιτεκτονικά Τζαμιού, ωραιότατο ζεστό φως και χρώματα, όμορφη αντίθεση με το γαλάζιο του ουρανού.
Καλό βράδυ, Βασίλης.
Graal (92168) 2012-01-12 23:20
an interesting big tower of minaret. Well presentation this mosque. Good shot from frog perspective. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
jemaflor (74078) 2012-01-13 0:20
Interesting frame with a great perspective and depth for your picture, well the blue sky for the bg, ifeal for the presentation of this famous mosquee, a good memory for me.
npecanhuk (56368) 2012-01-13 2:01
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Special regards to the chosen pov, vertical format, management of light and colors!
TFS - congrats,
siamesa (27461) 2012-01-13 3:00
Bom dia Danos
IMpressive point of view. Spectacular tower with a fantastic architecture. TFS
josepmarin (56489) 2012-01-13 4:30
a magnificent low-angle shot in this capture, which offers us the slender architecture of the minaret in an effective vertical framing.
The management of the exposure is perfect, and gives a great result in the quality of the image, sharpness, and colors.
The game of light and shades on the minaret provides a high aesthetic quality to the composition.
An excellent work, my friend.
pajaran (41755) 2012-01-13 4:52
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Dobar snimak dela moderne dzamije, lepa fotografija.
Dobar ugao snimka, ostrina, kontrast i prikaz lepim bojama.
Prijatno popodne sa lepim vremenom.
Sve najbolje za vikend sa lepim secanjem na 2007. i posetu dzamiji.
Very interesting and good text with a given data ...
A good snapshot of modern mosques, beautiful images.
A good angle shot, sharpness, contrast and display of beautiful colors.
Pleasant afternoon with beautiful weather.
All the best for the weekend with a nice memory to 2007. and visit the mosque.
nilotpal_patra (1684) 2012-01-13 5:56
Namaskar Danos Kounenis,
It is realy, realy a Wonderful Picture of Architecture. Nice Frame. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness. Excellent shot. Nice POV. TFS.
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-01-13 6:14
Μια πολύ ωραία και ενδιαφέρων προοπτική που αυξάνει κατά πολύ το ύψος του πύργου και δημιουργεί μια επιβλητική μορφή..πολύ ωραία και τα χρώματα του ουρανού επίσης...πολύ καλή δουλειά, τα συνχαρητηρια μου
adramad (30945) 2012-01-13 7:22
A great composition with this wonderful view of the tower of the mosque, the effect of the diagonal this sensational game, good management of lights and shadows that give strength and enhance the tower, superb sharpness and color. Well done.
Have a good weekend.
Didi (51307) 2012-01-13 10:52
Interesting exagereted perspective on the mosque.
Good use of your wide angle lens.
Best wishes for the new year
schumanng (0) 2012-01-13 11:49
I was there but I was not able to shot such a image. Very good composition.
papagolf21 (79560) 2012-01-14 0:43
Bonjour, cher ami Danos,
Excellent cadrage pour présenter cet édifice, qui prend des allures grandioses et munificence. L'ensemble se détache harmonieusement sur ce ciel d'un bleu pur.
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-01-14 1:21
Ola Danos ,
Linda esta torre desta mesquita em Casablanca seus detalhes são lindos , boa luz a iluminar , boa sensação de altura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ruisc_pt (10133) 2012-01-14 8:50
Fantastic WA frame and beautiful contrasting tones.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-01-14 9:13
Hello Dear Danos !
THIS IS DANOS ! The framing just cannot be anyone elses in my most humble opinion, the most dynamic yet refined. I remember very well the very first image I have had the honour to comment on in your gallery. From the most dynamic presence of the tower to the minute details, it is all there. The deep blue sky is somehow a reminder of most of your photos. From the height of the tower to the solidity of its presence, the image has the most striking perspective that it convinces the most discriminating viewers. I do feel not needed here to talk about this image, the photo speaks for itself.
Thank you Danos for the image !!
With my very best wishes,
Have a very good weekend !
s_lush (16050) 2012-01-15 2:30
The Morocco's largest mosque has been captured by you under good angle and with people at its foot, who give an idea about the vast sizes of the edifice. The good sunlight and perfect quality of the image give an opportunity of seeing every architectural details quite well. Excellent presentation of this famous landmark of Casablanca!
jlbrthnn (79789) 2012-01-15 4:29
The cons-diving spectacular, gives a good indication of extreme dimensions of this construction. The light, the colors are very good, sharpness is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice sunday
Giorgio (11279) 2012-01-15 6:51
- A Superb shot on the famous mosque Danos, i saw it at its early stages of construction in the mid 80's in place of the municipal swimming pool of Casa, in any case a opportunity for you to a beautiful picture was taken with a lovely sky behind.
All the best.
axiotea (21647) 2012-01-15 7:32
Geia sou Danos
The Mosque looks imposing and the choice of the vertical format emphasized the graphics of the tall monument. I like the contrast between the warm tones of the granite and the blue sky.
bertolucci (13351) 2012-01-15 9:29
Geia sou Dano,
The radical angle you used here dramatized the tower in a great way - the beauty of its geometric simplicity and fine detailing is showcased in a fabulous way. A crisp and exciting take on the tower!
Have a nice evening,
dip (22130) 2012-01-15 12:31
υπέροχη η φωτογραφία σου,πολύ ωραία καδραρισμένη με καταπληκτικούς μπλέ τόνους και πολύ καλή διαχείρηση φωτισμού,
eldancer1 (20824) 2012-01-15 13:16
I like your pov of this tower. Great light management and sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
jmdias (48359) 2012-01-16 0:56
interesting this pov that give a sense of proud to the minaret. nice contrast against the blue sky, nice framing and sharpness..
Cricri (92213) 2012-01-16 10:01
Excellent le contre plonger qui accentue la hauteur de la mosquée, beau contraste de couleur avec le fond bleu azur, magnifique lumière et bon format
nikkitta (8981) 2012-01-16 12:37
Like a lot the creative angle you chose to show this mosque or is only the minaret ?
Great contrast with the light of morning
Informative note also
Greetings and TFS
delpeoples (48654) 2012-01-16 18:19
Happy New Year dear Danos
Oh wow, I love this shot. The perspective and great angles have been demonstrated beautifully, as have the rich colours and intricate details of the mosque itself. Excellent choice of the vertical frame, a photo par eccellence, congratulations.
Warm regards, and all the best for 2012 dear friend
shevchenko (18725) 2012-01-17 2:37
Creative shot, fantastic effect added by the distortion and perspective, good frame to show the magnificent tower, artistic stone walls that full with carvings and patterns, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
clic (12467) 2012-01-17 18:03
Thanks for your visit Danos
Sculptural architecture, indeed, finely carved of exotic patterns depicted with good clarity by a high-resolution lens and a judicious exposure for mid-tones for great visual impact.
resat1972 (6531) 2012-01-18 3:07
very nice photo
very nice blue effect
Zengi001 (2269) 2012-01-18 7:13
Nice wide angle view shoving the magnificience of this old mosque.
Thanks for sharing,
Have a nice day,
siolaw (37642) 2012-01-18 21:39
Geia sou Danos
Impressive view of the gigantic minaret, in perfect light and intense colours.
Sharp and clear picture
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-01-20 20:24
A superb shot of this beautiful mosque with fine architecture. Like the angle you have presented this one. Nice vertical image with pleasing colors and sharpness.
BluSimo (9392) 2012-01-22 2:25
Hi dear Danos
it's a spectacular effect of this pov against the intense blue sky, the not frontal perspective has made the difference, lengthening the building and obtaining an interesting effect of oblique lines. the light and the shadows are magical. cheers!
have a nice sunday
kordinator (14795) 2012-01-22 2:34
Nice capture of this mosque from Casablanca.
Excellent choice of point of view to create this nice and neverending perspective.
Nice contrasting colors,perfect lighting.
Angshu (52896) 2012-01-26 20:58
Excellent converging perspective cteaed by the minaret. The play of light & shadows work well. The warm colour of the minaret against the polarised blue sky works wonderfully! Fine work!
kennyblack (4207) 2012-02-08 13:12
Hello Danos, superb presentation of the mosque of Hassan. Great the POV and the management of light and color. Great job, congratulations.
Greetings and best wishes for good evening ... Marino
aliabazari (10282) 2012-02-17 9:13
Sharp and very beautiful image with good composition.
yeln (11502) 2012-03-06 13:25
zelo lep POV, dobra izbira objektiva, ki nudi zelo irok pogled in dobro DOF.
lep večer, vojko
abmdsudi (32509) 2012-03-09 20:35
Back again after two month's break and much to catch up and I go for this one.
There is so much depth in this shot taken at the best time of the day coupled by effective use of wide lens and the impact of converging vertical enhances the height immensely. Amazind deep colors and lovely shadow and great dof. A very fine shot! Great capture Danos
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4612) 2012-03-11 8:44
I really liked the wide vertical format of this image. Love how the towers are clearly exposed with vibrant tones. The color combination is really attractive. Great work!
fritzi007 (63) 2012-03-28 12:01
perfektes Foto, sicher sehr interessant!
Janusz1974 (2497) 2012-05-13 11:31
Excellent composition and colours. You have managed to make a very powerful photo of this beautiful Mosque.
gus72 (3400) 2012-06-15 21:43
Hi Danos !!
it is so interesting to read the notes and makes all of us to appreciate the value of this mosque.
The doorway shine despite the shadow..... I like that.
Perfect POV to get this view.
Hope the election goes well..... the whole world depends on it !!!!!
have a nice week end
Noel_Byrne (13376) 2012-08-10 9:38
Fantastic choice of vertical frame, which emphasizes the amazing height of this tower. The blue background is beautiful against the yellow stone, and the detailed stonework beautiful. Excellent capture.
maria-v1981 (10416) 2012-11-18 7:11
Η προοπτική αναδεικνύει την αρχιτεκτονική και τις λεπτομέρειες αυτού του εντυπωσιακού κτιρίου. Και το φως είναι απλά υπέροχο. Οι άνθρωποι είναι τόσο μικροί μπροστά στο τεράστιο Hassan II Mosque.
Καλό απόγευμα και καλή βδομάδα,
fabbs99 (11148) 2012-11-18 21:24
Good Morning ! A wide angle shot of the gate of the Hassan II Mosque which looks great even with shadows at the bottom.Very well done.TFS.
Robert1969 (6650) 2013-02-23 3:12
The closer point of view with the wide angle lens
makes the Hassan II Mosque extra bigger/higher
and the vertical position emphasize that extra.
Light management and composition are good.
jcpix (6590) 2013-03-24 12:46
Another great example of catching the right light conditions to reinforce the strength of the image. The warm glow has made for an incredible yellowish tone which is set splendidly against the deep blue sky. The wide angle lens has extended the height and proportion of the tower and even given it a bit of a twist, making for a more striking picture. The angle chosen and perspective achieved is impressive. Well done! Have a great week ahead.
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (78124)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Morroco 07
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-11 23:49