What to visit in Casablanca, information on the origins and characteristics of the city of Morocco which represents the largest port in the nation, itinerary including the main attractions to see in one day.
Casablanca, an important port and city in Morocco, is located on the Atlantic Ocean, about 100 km from Rabat.
Despite being of Portuguese origin, the name Casablanca was given to it by the Spaniards, who formed a first settlement on the coast, consisting mainly of white houses.
With modern and western characteristics, it incorporates in its architecture characteristic elements of the Arab-Muslim culture, developed above all under the French protectorate.
The port of Casablanca is the most important in the nation and is constantly expanding.
Old Medina, is the city center surrounded by 16th century walls, full of shops and markets of all kinds, with narrow and winding streets. The contrast with the modern city is evident, where skyscrapers, hotels and elegant shops prevail.
Casablanca waterfront: winds west of Casablanca along Boulevard De La Corniche, an elegant avenue with palm trees on the sides, dotted with hotels, restaurants, swimming pools, shops and entertainment venues, a special place for those who love having fun even at night.
Hassan II mosque it is the second largest mosque in the world after that of Mecca, built following the plans of Michel Pinseau, a French architect, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of King Hassan II.
With an area of 90,000 square meters, it rises partially on the ocean and can accommodate about 20,000 faithful, excluding the external square which can contain another 80,000.
Inside, it offers the visitor a vast amount of types of marble and wonderful chandeliers, a library and conference rooms.
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Notre Dame de Lourdes it is a catholic church built in the fifties, to see the wonderful stained glass windows by Gabriel Loire, a master glassmaker from Chartres, depicting Marian themes.
Sacred Heart Cathedral: in the past a Catholic profession, it is now used as a museum.