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“Beautiful mosque”
Review of Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower
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Full-Day Private Tour to Rabat from Casablanca
Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Rabat
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The unfinished minaret surrounded by two hundred columns is Rabat's most famous monument.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This mosque is magnificent. We arrived here in the late afternoon, the sun was setting and cast beautiful colours over the mosque. Our visit was all too brief and I would love to go back to see more.

Thank wendhmagz
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Because the Hassan Tower and the Mohammed V Mausoleum are right next to each other (you do not even cross a street between them), and while both are worth visiting neither requires much time to take in, I’m just going to treat them as one attraction and post the same review under both of them. Both are, by the way, free.
The mausoleum of King Mohammed V, designed by a Vietnamese architect, is beautiful inside and outside. A lot of what people come to Morocco to see is the artisanry, but unfortunately in many of the older palaces and museums the work has suffered over the centuries. Because the mausoleum is modern, well maintained, and houses revered figures’ remains (those of Mohamed V (the current king’s grandfather) and his sons, King Hassan II (the current king’s father) and Prince Abdallah, the visitor can see the height of these traditional Moroccan crafts and craftsmanship in perfect condition. It is also one of the very few Muslim religious buildings that are in use and open to non-Muslims.
The Hassan Mosque, of which the unfinished Hassan Tower was only supposed to be the minaret, was started in 1195 C.E. but construction was abandoned in 1199 C.E. when then-Sultan Yacoub al-Mansour died. At the time, the minaret and mosque were expected to be the largest in the world (it is currently 164 feet tall; had it been finished it would have reached around 262 feet). The bases of the mosque’s columns give a sense of the size of the place and along with the unfinished tower combine create a kind of ethereal ambiance.
The tower and mausoleum are on top of a hill which offers good views.

5  Thank laurenjamie816
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The history behind the many blocks lined up in front of the lovely tower is pretty interesting. The place is very peaceful and very clean. It may not be one of the grandest structures in Morocco but its definitely one of the more pleasant areas to idle away an hour or two in Rabat.

Thank Linzie41
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

The tower and mosque are next to each others. The small columns surrounding the tower is very good for photographing during the right light of the day with all their shadows.
There is lovely view of the Sale golden horn from the edge.
It is close to Mausoleum of Mohammad V.

4  Thank Bilge S
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We arrived at dusk to see the sun set around the tower. It's a lovely building and courtyard full of locals coming for prayer.

Thank Heli-yes
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