Friday, June 8, 2012

Moroccan Travels, Part Three... Casablanca

Justin and I are finishing up our spring session of classes and had some extra time, so we decided to take a day trip to Casablanca. It's a beautiful city, Morocco's largest, with close to 3 million people, and right along the Atlantic coast with gorgeous breezy weather. We spent hours just walking around and taking everything in. 

The biggest highlight of our visit was seeing the Hassan II Mosque, which is situated on an amazing position on the coast and is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. It is also the largest mosque in North Africa and the third largest in the world, with room for 25,000 inside and a further 80,000 in the courtyard. Justin and I also walked along the coast and among some of the beautiful gardens and outdoor areas in the city. And lastly, we saw one of the coolest post offices we have ever encountered! Side-note: Taking photos of post offices is a hobby of Justin and mine - we like that in many places, the architecture and look of the post offices reflects the location, and often the post office is a great way to remember a visit. If you are interested, you can check out my Facebook photo albums with post offices spanning across 4 continents here and here

As you will see in the photos below, Casablanca is a beautiful, beautiful city. It was a short visit and there are still several sites that we would like to visit, so we'll definitely return again over our time here!

Posing in front of a fountain.
This is the famous post office. So beautiful!
Approaching Hassan II Mosque... almost looks like a painting!
Close-up of tilework on the minaret.
Not sure if you can see the tiny black figure to the right of the
white van, but that's Justin - just to get a sense of proportions!
Justin and a fountain, with beautiful tiles- you'll see a close-up below.
Beautiful tilework! Sometime I am going to post all of the designs I have seen here.
View of the Atlantic coast from the mosque.
Waves crashing against the side walls near the mosque.
Justin looking out over the mosque.

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