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CASABLANCA (Morocco)


Casablanca A business capital of increasing importance, and an international metropolis, whose development is linked to its harbour trade, Casablanca is today an important center in world affairs. A commercial and industrial city, Casablanca still retains its strong religious traditions in the Hassan II Mosque, one of the most spectacular in the world.

The most recent adornment to the Kingdom's most modern city is the Hassan II Mosque, towering majestically from sea to sky. A nave of incomparable beauty, with a prayer room large enough to hold 25.000 worshippers and an esplanade for a further 80.000. The Mosque is a gem of religions architecture, subtly mixing Moroccan tradition with state-of-the-art technology. The port of Anfa has been spoken of by historiens since the 12th century as the axis of its neighbouring regions-Chaouia, Rehamnas and Tadla.

Anfa was their connection to Europe, enabling export of what cereals, wool, hides, beeswax and oil they did not consume themselves. These days, although memories of the past still remain bazaars, souks, ramparts around the Old Medina, mosques and marabouts (including that of Sidi Aderrahman, the most often visited sanctuary) Casablanca shows the face of a nation making rapid progress into the modern world. The Corniche skirting the shores of the Atlantic, is the place for those who need a thirst-quencher, a dip in the sea, or an evening of hot music at one or other of its top-class nightclubs. Let it not be forgotten that Casablanca has been the scene of several historic meetings which have had their influence on the course of history. It was in Casablanca, in 1943, that His late Majesty Mohammed V, along with His Majesty Hassan II, then the Crown Prince,welcomed the three great Heads of State of the World -Churchill, Roosevelt and De Gaulle-on the occasion of the Anfa Conference.


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