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II. Hassan Mosque/Casablanca-Maroc

II. Hassan Mosque Characteristics
Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies over the Atlantic water. This was inspired by the verse of the Qur'an that states "the throne of Allah was built on water." While some say part of this floor is glass and overlooks the sea, this is not the case; above, spotlights shine at night from the top of the minaret toward Mecca. These features were specifically requested by King Hassan II, who declared, "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."
It also includes a number of modern touches: it was built to withstand earthquakes and has a heated floor, 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 open to non-Muslims. Non-Muslims may view the interior on hour-long guided tours that depart several times daily.

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  • Copyright: Ibrahim Ergunda (hiergunda) (419)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-03-17
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-04-11 22:52
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