Along the coastline of the bustling Casablanca, Morocco, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, stands the largest mosque in Africa and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Hassan II Mosque, which is built partially on land and partially over the ocean, is the embodiment of Moroccan creativity, design and arcitechture. It was designed by Michel Pinseau and completed by 1993. It took six thousand Moroccan artisans five years to craft the mosiacs, stone and marble flooring, columns and wooden ceilings, and 35 000 workers in total, working over 50 million hours, to complete the astounding mosque.
The mosque measures 200 metres in length and 100 metres in width, and can accomodate 25 000 worshippers inside the mosque hall and 80 000 worshippers on the mosque’s outside grounds. The minaret, whose light points towards Mecca, is the world’s tallest minaret measuring at 210 metres. Hassan II Mosque is the most popular destination among tourist in Casablanca with it’s zellige tilework, distinct columns, half-moon arches, retractible wooden roof and ornamented vaulting.