Welcome to Morocco, a country steeped in legend, culture, and luxury. You are met at the airport by a private transfer and whisked away from Casablanca passing along palm tree-lined boulevards. The Atlantic Ocean brushes up against the coastline. Hassan II Mosque stands tall on the shore against the lapping water. Settle into the comforts of your centrally located hotel before meeting your guide for a private tour of the city. The aroma of the ocean is present and pleasant.
Your guide takes you through a variety of neighborhoods that emanate the city’s modern edge, inspired by its vast history. Casablanca maintains a cosmopolitan ambiance with modern restaurants brimming with the aromas of regional spices and slow roasted meats. The city is the economic center of the country, providing distinct luxury for locals and visitors alike. Your guide brings you to the Hassan II Mosque and you see the grandeur of the edifice constructed in 1993. The minaret is the world’s tallest at almost 670 feet.
Although the mosque was built more recently you find elements of traditional Islamic architecture combined with Moroccan elements. The main prayer hall is located on the ground floor and is decorated with ceramic tiles arranged to form colorful, geometric shapes. Cedar adds earthen elements to the strong and glossy marble pillars that frame the hall. Chandeliers dangle from numerous domes, the glass imported from Muran, Italy. The opulent décor emanates power and prestige, while also demonstrating devotion.