Morocco: Casablanca. Hassan II Mosque. Nickname: Casablanca Hajj. It is the largest mosque in the country. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 metres. Completed in 1993, designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues. The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca. The walls are of hand-crafted marble and the roof is retractable. A maximum of 25,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer inside the mosque.
Morocco is filled with magnificent public fountains, a requirement of the ablutions needed before prayer in Islam. This fountain shows artful Moroccan mosaic tastir tile patterns within a large sculpted keyhole arch - a shape believed to ward off the evil eye. You can learn more about Moroccan architecture & design in my book, Marrakesh by Design: http://www.amazon.com