Casablanca The White City
Casablanca, or ‘Casa’ as the locals describe it, is located North West of Marrakech on the exact same stretch of Atlantic shoreline as Rabat. Marrakech is Morocco’s red city, Casablanca it’s white as well as it is the countries leading financial centre and also Morocco’s biggest city.
This is the body and soul of 21st century Morocco as well as represents a much more westernised Morocco.
Sensational Islamic Art & Art Deco Style
Because of this, Casablanca may be among the least unique of Morocco’s locations. It may not be as aesthetically eye-catching or as traditionally rich a city in contrast to Fez or Marrakech. Nevertheless, Casablanca has an intriguing mix of modern metropolitan life stressed by abundant social traditions. Modern structures stand in close proximity to splendid instances of Islamic and also Art Deco style.
The buildings are several of the very best maintained in the nation. The city’s uncommon blend of Parisian Art deco with local Moroccan craftsmanship is particularly interesting and also thus, offer yet once more such visual pleasure!
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Casablanca, amongst various other things, is residence to the sensational landmark, Hassan 11 mosque, the second largest mosque worldwide. The mosque which towers superbly in the most significant fashion, on the edge of the old medina, on a promontory ignoring the Atlantic ocean, with a glass flooring integrated to expose the ocean below!
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The Mosques turret is the globes tallest, standing at 200 metres high, whilst 2 laser beam of lights, stretching 30 kilometres, Star Wars design, factor like a gigantic finger from the top of the Turret toward Mecca.
Both Chic & Souk Casablanca
You will find Casablanca, on the whole, to be really European in impact, with it’s developed worldwide shopping, nightlife as well as café as well as dining establishment culture. Residential blvds that would not watch out of place in Beverly Hills, in addition to elegant French restaurants and beach clubs, playing host to Morocco’s wealthiest and also most westernised individuals.
Nevertheless purchasing in the Habbous area, behind the Kings Palace, you will certainly find a large collection of souks, still quite part of life in Casablanca and where essentially, whatever can be located.
All That Glistens & Glows
Beneath the building’s attractive arches anything from vats of fresh olives, to ornamental as well as non-decorative houseware, from beautiful and also pricey gold jewelry to affordable souvenirs, is there to be haggled over and all within close closeness to the opulent Royal residence. The royal residence is only a short walk away from such frenetic activity.
Play It Again Sam
Casablanca, of course, is known for its cinematic background! Nevertheless Casablanca, you will certainly uncover, never has actually had any type of actual relate to the movie of the exact same name, that made the city well-known. Not one scene was shot in Casablanca nor surrounding areas.
The closest tip of the film that you will discover is in the design of the Hyatt Regency bar as well as the name of ‘Rick’s coffee shop’ embed in the medina walls overlooking the port area. Unfortunate, however true!