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Hassan II Mosque

mosque_casablancaIncredible mosque, bears the name of King Hassan II, it seems that look ready to soar off a cliff over the Atlantic, and ascend to the heights of heaven. The main attraction of Casablanca is one of the most remarkable mosques in the world can boast of 210-meter minaret, located exactly above the stormy Atlantic Ocean and the mass of cutting-edge chips, such as: a retractable roof, a heated floor and a laser beam, which rises directly in the direction of Mecca. With a total number of worshipers at the same time, exceeding 100 thousand people, the Hassan II Mosque is the third largest in the world. In short, this building will certainly need to see!
The first stone of the mosque has laid the King of Morocco, Hassan II. It happened in 1986, and after only three years, monumental building was completed. The architect of the mosque was the Frenchman Michel pins. However, before the opening of the mosque for the believers were still far: nearly four years were finishing work. Tens of thousands of designers and craftsmen worked on interiors: laid mosaic decorated rooms woodcarving, vytёsyvali stone columns, marble floors laid. The mosque was opened to the public in 1993 and immediately became one of the wonders of the Muslim world.
Mosque Hassan II — a large-scale architectural complex of 9 hectares, in which attention should be paid not only religious building, but also a vast surrounding area. Half of the complex is located just above the Atlantic — on a platform supported by pillars. In the hours of high tide the water fit flush with the base platform, and created the illusion that the mosque sweeps over the waves.

In the courtyard of the mosque — a riot of colors and splendor of finishing materials. Notice the 78 columns of pink granite and the floor, lined with regular alternation of gold and emerald onyx marble slabs. Splendor and the main dome of the mosque — he laid out a bright-green tiles. Minaret ascended to a height of 210 meters — a world record. Powerful laser projector in its top tier in the dark shining towards Mecca — a ray pierces the space of 30 km.

The roof of the mosque can be moved apart in good weather or stay in the assembled state, protecting the worshipers from the rain and wind. The floors in the prayer hall of the mosque are heated, and the building was built in strict accordance with the canons of seismic resistance. By the way, in the prayer hall can simultaneously pray 25 thousand Muslims.

Pay special attention to the crystal chandeliers. Each weighs 50 tons, and it is the only decoration of the mosque, imported from abroad — from Italy.

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