Photographer's Note

This is an old photo I took on one of my trips to Morocco, here you may see the great mosque of Casablanca. It is a really impressive monument, and the inside is just gorgeous. No muslin people are authorized to visit it the hours which are not time for religious ceremony. This is a scanned photo and the quality is not very good, but this building is beautiful.

The Mosque Hassan II was built for the 60th birthday of the Moroccan king Hassan II. It is the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca. It has space for 25,000 people inside and another 80,000 outside. The 210-meter minaret is the tallest in the world and is visible day and night for miles around.

About 6000 traditional Moroccan artisans worked for five years to turn the materials into abundant and incredibly beautiful mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, and carved and painted wood ceilings.
The mosque also includes a number of very modern touches: it was built to withstand earthquakes and has a heated floor, electric doors, a sliding roof, and lasers which shine at night from the top of the minaret toward Mecca.

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