Interior Visit Of Hassan II Mosque

Program Overview
Country: Morocco

Visit the Hassan II Mosque, the world’s third largest mosque.   Completed in 1993, the mosque was designed by French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues.  The minaret of the Hassan II Mosque is the world’s tallest at 689 feet.  Similar to the architecture of the Alhambra, the mosque displays strong Moorish influence but also includes modern touches, such as electric doors, a sliding roof and heated floor.  It was also built to withstand earthquakes.

Built on reclaimed land, almost half of the surface of the mosque lies over the Atlantic. This was inspired by a verse of the Qur’an that states, “the throne of God was built on the water.”  Part of floor of this facility is glass so that as many as 25,000 worshippers can kneel directly over the sea.  Eighty thousand additional worshippers can be accommodated in the courtyard.