Hassan II Mosque
This lavish mosque was built at great expense, is situated on a rocky outcrop that protrudes over the ocean and has a 210-meter-tall minaret that is a city landmark. The finest Moroccan craftsmanship is displayed here, including hand-carved stone and wood, intricate marble inlay, gilded cedar ceilings, and exquisite zellige (geometric mosaic tilework). One of two Moroccan mosques that welcome non-Muslim visitors offers multilingual guided tours to visitors dressed modestly outside prayer times. A small museum that displays the related crafts is also present.
One of the biggest mosques in Africa, it has a capacity of 105,000 worshipers, with 25,000 inside and the remaining 70,000 on the courtyards outside. The mosque complex was built and partially funded by King Hassan II; the remaining funds were raised through a contentious public subscription process. It took six years to complete and was designed by French architect Michel Pineau.
Abderrahman Slaoui Foundation
In this privately owned home-turned-museum, Abderrahman Slaoui’s extraordinary collection of Moroccan decorative arts is on display. These works range from Orientalist travel posters to elaborate Amazigh (Berber) jewellery encrusted with semiprecious stones, inlaid furniture (including items created by Louis Majorelle of Marrakesh), and exquisite perfume flasks. Visit the terrace cafe for a mint of tea while taking a break from sightseeing.
Museum of Moroccan Judaism
This institution, the only Jewish museum in the Arabic-speaking world, is housed in a lovely garden villa that was once a Jewish orphanage. It explores the 2000-year history of Jews in Morocco, focusing on Casablanca, where most of the nation’s Jews reside. The carefully curated and clearly labelled collection includes ornate clothing, traditional tools, and ritual objects. The temporary exhibition space typically includes photographs, and an adjacent room has a synagogue from Larache that has been faithfully recreated in the 1930s.
The Gare de l’Oasis tram stop is located 1 km from the museum. Turn right into Rue Abu Dhabi after walking down Route de l’Oasis past the train station from the tram stop. The sixth street on the left is called Rue Chasseur Jules Gros. It will cost Dh40 to take a taxi from the city centre, but keep in mind that many of them don’t need to learn even exists and will need directions. Also, note that the museum occasionally closes when the security situation is uneasy, so it is advisable to call ahead to confirm that it is open. Wednesday admission is free for students.
Even though Casablanca’s compact 19th-century example lacks the medieval allure that distinguishes many Moroccan medinas, it is still worthwhile to explore. Although most of its stores sell cheap clothing and shoes, hardware, and other everyday items, it is a popular route for people walking between downtown Casablanca and the Hassan II Mosque due to its whitewashed crooked lanes, occasional tree-shaded squares, and bustling neighbourhood cafes.
The French constructed the Quartier Habous, also known as the Nouvelle Medina, in the 1930s to address a housing crisis brought on by the population’s outgrowth of the old medina. It is a charming fusion of Moroccan and European architectural styles. Stop by the renowned, family-run Pâtisserie Bennis for a sweet treat before doing as much shopping as possible at the tourist-oriented souqs, where you can find everything from slippers to shaggy rugs, spices to olives.
L'Eglise du Sacré Coeur
This dazzlingly white Roman Catholic church, which dates to 1930, is located on the outskirts of Parc de la Ligue Arabe. It has twin towers that resemble minarets, external buttresses, and decorative aperture-style windows. It is an extraordinary architectural fusion of art deco, Moorish, and neo-Gothic styles. After being deconsecrated in 1956, the church underwent a protracted restoration. It was scheduled to reopen as a cultural centre at the time of the research.
Place Mohammed V
The Wilaya and its clock tower, the Courts of Justice, adorned with Moorish details, are two striking public structures surrounding this perpetually crowded square. On the other side is the ultramodern Grand Théâtre de Casablanca. Because it is such a well-liked gathering place, the fountain was rebuilt across the court after it had to be torn down to make room for the theatre.
Promenade Maritime de la Mosquée Hassan II
The seafront promenade between the Hassan II Mosque and the El Hank lighthouse has been transformed into a sprawling public space with gardens, cafes, and unending ocean views as part of one of the city’s major urban regeneration projects. The ideal location for a stroll at dusk