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The Hassan II Mosque in the centre of Casablanca, Africa's largest, was built between 1987 and 1993, costing $1b and the dedication of 6,000 craftsmen to create the intricate woodcarving, zellij (tile work), and stucco moulding. Built almost entirely out of Moroccan marble and granite, the minaret stands 210 metres high, the tallest in the world, whereas the prayer hall inside reaches 65 metres. ...
... the original left standing. The
city as we see it today was basically laid out by the French in the
French style – wide, tree lined boulevards joining large squares.
The rebuilt Medina (old town) still exists but is on a much smaller
scale than that of Marrakesh, where one could reportedly easily get
As an Arab nation,
Morocco is the most European influenced – it is closer to London
than Mecca - everything appears to ...
... I had a brain wave! It occurred to me that baggage handlers wouldn't check luggage tags. No one would separate baggage from delayed baggage. It would just be something to throw onto a cart and then onto a conveyor. "I've got to get to Terminal 1!" By now the flight would have arrived over an hour and a half ago. I rushed to Terminal 1. Maybe I'll be lucky. Or maybe I've lost my trailer with my clothes, spare parts and my toothbrush. In Terminal 1, I searched baggage ...
After a full day at sea, we arrived at Casablanca, Morocco, by 7am on Sunday. It was founded in 1575 by Portugal who had destroyed the existing city of Anfa. The local Muslim tribes drove the Portuguese out by 1755. It became a French Protectorate in 1911, until its independence after WWII. Despite some safety warnings from Costa, we set off on foot to explore this exotic sounding city.
First we ran ...
... to get within mosques without a guide and only certain mosques allow you to enter. We found out that during ramadan a massive 20,000 pray within the mosque and a further 80,000 pray outside. Morocco is one of the only countries that the minarets are square compared to the rest of the muslim countries where the minarets are round. Also this minaret is mostly tiled in green which is the colour of Morocco, at night they shine a green light directly at ...