"The throne of God was on water"
As if placed on the sea, Casablanca's Grand Mosque seems to embody this verse from the Koran. With its 200 m minaret, it is also the tallest religious building in the world, higher than the Pyramid of Cheops (146 m) and Saint Peter's in Rome (132 m).
To build it, 15 ha of land were reclaimed from the sea. Its sculpted arcades rise to 40 m and it has a 60 m high opening roof. 3,600 site workers worked 24 hours a day for 17 months to build the structure, while five years were required to complete all the work. Ornate capitals, coffered ceilings, ornamental cupolas, gigantic decorated doors, mashrabiyas, wrought iron with geometric motifs, and much more. The project was not just a technical challenge for BYMARO, as the structure itself is also an artistic masterpiece. The building can accommodate 35,000 worshipers within its walls and up to 80,000 on its gigantic marble square.
Commissioned in 1988 by King Hassan II of Morocco, also the Commander of the Faithful in his country, he was very personally involved in the construction. The structure was inaugurated by His Majesty on 30 August 1993.
- Product line: Culture & Education
- Main Contractor: BYMARO
- Handover: 1993
- Architect: Michel Pinseau
- Client: le roi Hassan II
- Size of 20 000 m²
- Capacity of 25,000 worshipers
- 200 m high Minaret