Casablanca

Casablanca the white house


Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, located in the central-western part of the country bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest city in the Maghreb, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically.

Hassan II mosque

It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the 13th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 689 ft (210 m). Completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues.

The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca. The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, worshippers can pray over the sea.

The walls are of handcrafted marble and the roof is retractable. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosques outside grounds

Habous district

Habous is a district of Casablanca erected between 1918 and 1955 to face the arrival of the numerous migrants, who flocked from the four rooms of Morocco.

The Habous district developed during the French protectorate, mainly from the 1920s to the 1930s to accommodate several families of merchants from various regions of Morocco. This migratory movement was provoked by the policy of Marshal Lyautey who wants to separate the zones of residences of the Europeans and those of the Moroccans.

The plans of the district were designed in 1917 by Albert Laprade, deputy of Henri Prost, then by Auguste Cadet and Edmond Brion.

Royal palace

The Royal Palace of Casablanca is endowed with sumptuous Arab-Muslim architecture, like all the other royal palaces of the kingdom. Casablanca Palace, for its part, was the scene of several major events with national and international influence, such as the founding summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in 1969, following the arson of the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. And also the historical visit of Pope John Paul II in 1985, the first of its kind in the land of Islam.

Rick's café

Rick’s Café Casablanca is a restaurant, bar and café that opened March 1, 2004. It was designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic Casablanca. Set in an old courtyard-style mansion built against the walls of the Old Medina of Casablanca, the restaurant – piano bar is filled with architectural and decorative details reminiscent of the film: curved arches, a sculpted bar, balconies, balustrades as well as beaded and stencilled brass lighting and plants that cast luminous shadows on white walls. There is an authentic 1930’s Pleyel piano and As Time Goes By is a common request to the in-house pianist.