Despite never becoming the largest mosque in the world, it is undoubtedly one of Rabat’s must-see locations.
The sister tower of the Giralda
This monument tells the story of an unfinished construction due to the death of its founder. What might have been a spectacular twelfth century Almohad mosque ultimately materialised in no more than the Hassan Tower and 200 abandoned mini-pillars designed to support the foundations. Sultan Yacoub al Mansour had planned to build the largest mosque in the world – after the Samarra in Iraq –, but he died too soon and nobody continued the project. The Hassan Tower – very similar to the minaret we call the Giralda of Seville – should have measured over 60 metres high, yet only ever reached 44 metres. At least, however, the esplanade of the tower hosts another nearby monument which was indeed completed: the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Built between 1961 and 1970, here lie the remains of the very sultan who gives name to the mausoleum along with his two sons. This structure occupies 1,500 square metres and is of an Arabic-Andalusian architectural style with Moroccan influences.