The Muslim temple on a promontory overlooking the sea is the most spectacular that you've ever seen.

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Hassan II Mosque

The closest thing to being in Mecca.

On his 60th birthday, King Hassan II decided to give a monument worthy of the largest city in Morocco. The result was this huge Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca, which was built in the record time of eight years, between 1985 and 1993, from the designs by the French Michel Pinseau. Located next to the sea, a large 800 metre dam had to be erected for it to be constructed. After the work was finished the dam was demolished. The temple occupies a surface area of 20,000 square metres, with the capacity for 25,000 people and is located on an 80,000 square meter esplanade (where 150,000 more people can congregate). Hassan II also wanted the minaret of the Mosque to be the highest in Islam and achieved it with a height of 200 metres. You can go up it in a lift and it has two laser beams with a scope of 40 km, pointing toward Mecca.

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