Hotel Diwan Casablanca
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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 ...
... and the beer and bought a t-shirt, too. They had lots of memorabilia from the film and we first sat at the bar for drinks and then found a great little table upstairs with a window to look out onto the street.
After this came our quest to find the newer part of town. We were inadequately mapped to say the least, but we kept walking and by following out noses and with a barely sufficient map we ...
... certainly knew we were in Morocco this morning when we heard the call to prayer at 6am. We did walk up to the famous Hassan II Mosque. Our intention was to go inside for a look, but of course - closed. It is the 3rd largest mosque in the world and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. It has the highest minaret in the world. After the mosque and our adventure filled walk through the Medina, the only ...
... plans of visiting the New Medina also known as Habours. I was not really sure what to expect as the Lonely Planet did not really sell it (I should know better than taking Lonely Planet at their word) nor did anywhere else that I tried to look at online, but Gabriella certainly wanted to check it out.
It was actually quite nice but more a shopping district than a Medina (i.e. not walled). But it certainly felt more local and less ...