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“Expensive admission, below average tour” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque
Blvd Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, Casablanca, Morocco
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Owner description: This stately mosque, a fine example of pure Moroccan architecture, is the only one in the city that non-Muslims may visit.
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“Expensive admission, below average tour”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

While the building is indeed tremendously beautiful and an incredible monument to Morocco's various art forms, the 120 DH price of admission (per adult) was steep compared to most other (more interesting) Moroccan landmarks. Of course, one doesn't mind paying such a price knowing the money goes to upkeep and operation, but the tour guide (one must take a guided tour to enter the mosque) claimed she received no pay from the admission fee, essentially requiring a tip on top of the high ticket price. The fact that the tour was less than informative and rushed made handing over such a tip difficult to say the least (any guidebook provides more information about the mosque than the tour guide did, and the rushed nature of the tour denies guests the opportunity to properly view the intricate art inside, let alone take photos). Perhaps the only thing really worth seeing in poor Casablanca, but that isn't saying much. Enjoy the outside and skip the tour.

Visited December 2013
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“Must See Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I went here in the morning but it is already filled with tourist. Great architecture and nice pieces of art that you must seen.

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“Wish we had more time..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

This has got to be the highlight of Casablanca. After arriving from a very delayed flight, my husband and I wanted to stop by this mosque for a few minutes before our 5 hour drive to Chefchaouen. When we visited this mosque, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and majestic quality of this place. We arrived when they announced the afternoon prayer and listening to it while walking around the mosque really made our time at Hassan II feel very spiritual and surreal. Wish we had more time to tour the mosque as it is the only mosque in Morocco (I believe) that can be toured by non-Muslims thanks to their awesome and thoughtful King. I would highly recommend a visit if your time permits.

Visited November 2013
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“Limited hours of visit but spectacular architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Visible from a long distance. Situated right on the coast and Corniche. Impressive colors, shape and overall architectural design. Guide books say no non-Muslims admitted but no signs indicating that restriction.
Adjacent museum a bit lacking with its nonfunctional multimedia exhibits but the museum does show the various mosaic designs made from stone, plaster and metal. Very impressive in that regard (30 MAD), closed from 1 to 2 pm.

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“Casablanca's Saving Grace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We found the Hassan II Mosque to be amazing in size, history, design, construction, and craftsmanship. The mosaics and woodwork were extraordinary. Frankly, if it wasn't for this incredible mosque, Casablanca would have been a huge disappointment for us: the only city we visited in Morocco that had nothing engaging about its local character or architecture or markets or people that we encountered. In our albeit limited time there, we found it to be a working port city, with a made-famous-by-movie but nothing special nightclub,Rick's, which we did not go into. If not for the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca would not have been worth visiting when compared to the many wonderful and interesting destinations in Morocco.

Visited September 2013
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