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Casablanca, Morocco

 

 

The biggest city of Morocco is not the capital city of Rabat, as one may think. It is the ancient legendary city of Casablanca. Casablanca also is the largest Atlantic port of the country, one of the most influential trade centers in North Africa, and an important industrial and financial center.

In the 7th and 8th centuries, the area of modern Casablanca was occupied by a small Berber settlement called Anfa, which later became a prosperous trade city.  Later on, pirates used Anfa as their base to attack European trade ships. In the middle of the 15th century, the piracy near the coast of Morocco reached such a scale that the Portuguese, who suffered the most from the marine assaults, decided to stop it for good. In 1468 they sent their troops to Anfa; the city was stormed and burned to the ground.

Hassan II Mosque at night

The new settlement built in place of the former Anfa was called Casablanca, which means «white house» in Spanish. In 1755, the city was completely destroyed again, but this time it was because of an earthquake. Since then, Casablanca was in decay for a long period of time, until the French restored it, turning it into a beautiful city with wide avenues, public parks, and buildings created in Moorish style.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

The most famous landmark of Casablanca and the entire Morocco is undoubtedly the Hassan II Mosque (or Grande Mosquée Hassan II). This is the second largest mosque in the world after the Sacred Mosque in the city of Mecca. The Hassan II Mosque was built on the Atlantic shore with a spectacular ocean view that can be seen from the giant glass prayer hall that can host up to twenty-five thousand worshipers. Another eighty thousand people can use the outside grounds of the mosque. The total area of the Hassan II Mosque is 9 hectares; the height of the minaret is 210 meters, which makes it the tallest religious structure in the world.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

The Hassan II Mosque was built during the rule of Hassan II, the King of Marocco, from 1986 till 1989. However, the building was not officially opened until 1993. The construction was funded exclusively by donations with the total budget reaching 800 billion dollars. Twenty-five hundred construction workers and ten thousand artists and other experts on architecture and decor participated in the project. All construction materials (except for white granite used for columns and 50-tonn glass chandeliers that came from Italy) were sourced from different regions of Morocco. An interesting fact: the French architect Michel Pinseau, who designed the mosque, was not even a Muslim.

Casablanca, Morocco

There are 78 columns made of pink granite in the prayer hall; the floors are adorned with golden marble and green onyx, and the roof is covered with bright emerald shingles. Advanced technology was used to protect the building from various weather conditions. For example, there are heated floors and a retractable roof, and the building itself is earthquake-proof. On top of the minaret, there is also a 30-meter-long green lazer beam, the light from which is directed towards the Sacred Mosque in the city of Mecca.

Half of the Hassan II Mosque territory is located above the water of the Atlantic Ocean. According to the architect, he was inspired by the verse from the Koran; «Allah's throne is on the water.» Based on this idea, he created the mosque in such a way that during high tide, praying people have an illusion of floating on top of the water, as if they are on board of a ship: the higher the waves, the stronger the illusion.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

You can experience the grandeur of the Hassan II Mosque and other landmarks of Casablanca, such as the Neo-Gothic Casablanca Cathedral (Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur), Mohammed V Square, Temple Beth-El, bazars, parks, and picturesque eastern city streets by viewing our photo panoramas.


Our sincere thanks go to Dinyar Alyautdinov - attache of General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Casablanca, Morocco, who helped us to obtain permits and provided invaluable moral support during our photo expedition to Morocco.

AirPano team is also recommend a service of the professional tour guide Mark Willenbrock.

 

 

Photo by Stas Sedov

7 April 2014

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Very great shots!

I plan to travel to morocco with my drone, but listen its not allowed to shoot without permission. Can you tell me how you get the permission to drone and shoot?

Kind regards,
Markus

Mark Siel, Germany

s u, USA

beautiful pictures of my country of birth.

Raoul Benaim Clavero, USA

Nice info about Casablanca.but i whant see rabat

yassine benbella, Marocco

awesome... the best ever shoot have been i seen

abie asyadif, Indonesia

Very nice job ,thank you .

Mohammad Awwas, Canada

impresionante marruecos que bello,que tecnologia ,bellas playas ,bellos edificios

Alberto Francisco Tagle grados, Peru

This is visually fantastic. Very enjoyable.

Won't you pleeeeeese tell us about the music playing over the tour of Casablanca. If this is an album I've got to find it.

Alan Reese, USA


Dear Alan, please open FAQ page: http://www.airpano.com/FAQ.php and you will can easily find the name of song in every our virtual tour.

Varvara, AirPano

This is my wish to have a tour of Casablanca with my family. it seems to be a v.good city.

Farrukh Riaz, Pakistan

Amazing !!!!!!!!!! good job; thank you

Slimane SLM, Marocco

hi everybody its amazing link n 3D WONDERFUL HOMIES

majid adil, United Arab Emirates

Amazing works guys ! I am from Casablanca but i have never knew that the view from the top would be like this ! Viva Casablanca

TALBAOUI Omar, Marocco

Congratulate you... Wonderful...

From İstanbul

Yaşar AKSU, Turkey

IO WANT YOU KNOW AND THE LECTEURS THAT DAR EL BEIDA
IN morocan means white house, and the portugueses,
the first europeens nammed CASA BRANCA MEANS IN PORTUGUESE , WHITE HOUSE,. BUT THE SPANISDH ALWAYS CHANGE THE NAMES AND TOLD 'CASA BLANCA Means also
WHITE HOUSE AND THE FRENCH OPT FOR CASABLANCA.
THE PORTUGUESES DISCOVERS BUILD MANY CASTLES IN CASABLANCA in the port area, MAZAGAN now EL JEDIDA, SAFI, MOGADOURO then MOGADOR NOW ESSAOUIRA. the PORTUGUESES PLANT THE GRAPPES FROM PORTUGAL TO DO GOOD WINE IN MORROCO.AND TEACH THE MOROCANS HOW FISHING WITH FISHING BOATS WITH NETS.

lusitano correia, USA

very nice work you will love the other cities .
Good luck guys

HASSAN MOUNJI, Marocco

Very nice

simo hammed, Marocco

Awesome, great work guys!

Khalid IKOURD, Marocco

Excellent ! good work ^^

wahoub hamza, Marocco

Excellent

Omar HOKIMI, Marocco

Great views :) I was deeply touched by the virtual visit, please make more coverage of the city of Casablanca, it's a big city you know ;)

Yassine Daoudi, Marocco

Woow... Astonishing!!!

Michael Benois, Switzerland

amazing

MITAH DM, Marocco

Great photos, beautiful city, you did an incredible job. I've never seen such beautiful views of Casablanca.

ziad Lahlou, Marocco


Thank you very much, Ziad! We're pleased to read it.

Varvara, AirPano

Very good , keep up your hard work

adnane ss, Marocco

Good job.

Ismail sam, Marocco

Excellent!

H B, Marocco

simply fabulous

RAJAE ZEROUAL, Marocco

I can see a bright future for this application, why not, in 10 years, being able to scroll through the whole city not just specific places.

Sibari Marouane, Marocco

Simply superb,the panoramic view of Marocco ist really awesome.Thanks so much for the brilliant photos. Best regards.

Iwona Kundys, Poland


Dear Iwona, thank you for your comment. We're always glad to see you on our website!

Varvara, AirPano

its very nice city

fahd mohamed amine, Marocco

Nice work.. big respect for airpano team
I wish to visit agadir, it's a great & beautiful city

Brahim Achalih, Marocco

so much awesomeness :)beautiful website

ilyass grirte, Marocco

KEEP CALM AND LOOK A CASABLANCA
NO COM'S BRO ,
VISITED MARRAKECH AND TANGER AND AGADIR

elfatoiki mohamed, Marocco

Fabulous shots , nice work , please come to Tangier and do the same , again good gob guys !

Othman Tangerois, Marocco

I don't like visiting Casablanca but when I do, I do it with airpano!
Nice work! Please do the same with Tangier!!

Ayoub Hassani, Marocco

Beautiful and unique shots, thanks to the whole team for the excellent documentation.

Karel Hofmann, Czech Republic

FABULOUS TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD, WITHOUT STRESS, THANKS A LOT, Por favor incluir TRADUCCION , en Castellano. A miles de millones, nos gustaria.

German Porras, Colombia

Eager to travel the whole city of Casablanka, to make friends with friendly muslims and to see "the 30-meter-long green lazer beam" ^-^
Nice work! Thanks!

Ilya Hsing, China

VERY NICE ONE

kuppusaami kandasamy, India

Nice info about Casablanca, Morocco.

Dharmesh Bamrolia, India

Nice

Karthik Reddy, India