Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

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    The Hassan II Mosque (Arabic مسجد الحسن الثاني) is a mosque located in Casablanca, Morocco. Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau, it is the second largest in the world (after the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca). It stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. A further 80,000 can be accommodated in the mosque's courtyard. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 meters (689 ft).

    Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies over the Atlantic Ocean. This was inspired by the verse of the Qur'an that states "the throne of God was built on the water". Part of floor of this facility is glass so worshippers can kneel directly over the sea; above, lasers 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 Mezquita in Spain. This and the old Tin Mal Mosque are the only mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_II_Mosque

    caliopedreams, al.azizz, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. kirstk 117 months ago | reply

      This shot makes the mosque look slightly unreal. Nice catch!

    2. Andrew E. Larsen 117 months ago | reply

      It is very real...and mamouth!

    3. Philip Baines 117 months ago | reply

      Beautiful... so much depth to the picture. Has this been achieved through tonemapping in PS or Photomatix??

    4. Andrew E. Larsen 117 months ago | reply

      Phil,

      I usually start with the basics in Picasa but I am slowly moving over to Photoshop. There is so much to learn and life goes on as well so it takes time. Ciao, Andy

    5. caliopedreams 116 months ago | reply

      Que belleza de fotografia!!!!
      Saludos!!

    6. Keren Fedida 113 months ago | reply

      it looks beautiful here! in person it is less colorfull.

    7. HappyTellus 102 months ago | reply

      We used this beautiful photo in our travel destination description for Casablanca at www.happytellus.com/casablanca/morocco.

    8. foturist 100 months ago | reply

      This photo has been used in the article about Hassan II mosque at russian non-commercial travel blog community.livejournal.com/foturist_ru
      Thank you for sharing!
      We are also pleased to invite you to our Foturist group at Flickr.

    9. jaymasood 82 months ago | reply

      Great shot.

      Thank you for sharing this under Creative Commons license.

      I have used it in my non-profit, ads free blog - Travelogue of an Armchair Traveller and have given due credit to you.

      CuriousJM
      jaymasood-at-yahoo-dot-com

    10. The_Circumference 67 months ago | reply

      Hello!

      Just wanted to let you know that your photo has been featured in a travel article on The Circumference with a link back.
      You can view the article here:

      www.thecircumference.org/hassan-II-mosque

      Thanks for sharing your fantastic photo!
      - The Circumference

    11. everydaydreamholiday.com 46 months ago | reply

      Great shot, beautiful day and really crisp colours.

      We used this in a post about Morocco. Please let us know if you would like anything different with the attribution. And thanks for sharing with Creative Commons!

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