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Morocco. Casablanca - Rabat

Mike Seryakov • 4 minutes read • February 14th, 2017

Casablanca

 can be translated from Spanish as "White House". It is the most populated city in Morocco. The 

Hassan II Mosque

opened in 1993 is deservedly considered the main attraction of the city. My guide said that this is the third largest mosque in the world, and I read in the "petit fute" guide book that it is the second one. In fact, both of them are wrong. It is the fifth largest mosque in the world.

The largest in the world is the Grand Mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca (Saudi Arabia), the second largest is the mosque Al-Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina (Saudi Arabia), the third is Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad (Iran), the fourth is Masjid Istiqlal in Jakarta (Indonesia). The Hassan II Mosque is the 5th.
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The minaret rises on the 200-meter height above sea level in the southern facade of the mosque. The laser beam rising to 30 km from the top of the minaret indicates the direction of the Muslim holy place - Mecca.
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Hall for prayers is decorated with 78 columns of pink granite, tiles of gold marble and green onyx carpet the floors. 50-ton chandeliers of Venetian glass illuminate the room.
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The ground floor has special rooms where the Muslims can perform wudu - the ritual ablutions before prayer.
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Here's a view of the Hassan II Mosque from the city.
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After Casablanca, I headed towards

Rabat

- the official capital of Morocco and the second most populous city in the country. The name of the capital came from the word "Ribat" which means a fortified monastery. 4 cities were capitals of Morocco - Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes and Rabat.

I immediately went to look at the Kasbah of the Udayas surrounded by very strong walls. The Moroccan pirates used to live there previously.
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Inside, the kasbah is built up by traditional apartment houses with blind white and blue walls.
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The northern part has a beautiful area with sea views.
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Here's a police station in the Kasbah of the Udayas.
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Author: Mike Seryakov
Source: turbina.ru/authors/mikeseryakov/
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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