We're Definitely Not In Kansas Anymore

The Kingdom of Morocco lies on the northwest corner of Africa, across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain. It’s a Muslim country about the size of California. Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and it’s where we are spending our first two nights of this amazing adventure.

John and Pat just arrived this morning, so this afternoon was our only opportunity to tour this city made famous in America by a movie that wasn’t even filmed here.  We spent it at The Hassan II Mosque.  In addition to being the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest in the world, it’s the only mosque in Morocco that allows non-Muslim visitors. It was eye opening and an incredible gift to get to go inside. 

The view of the Hassan II Mosque from our hotel room.

The view of the Hassan II Mosque from our hotel room.

A few more facts and photos:

The minaret the world's tallest at 689 feet and is topped by a laser with two beams that are directed toward Mecca.

The mosque took only six years to build and was completed in 1993. Except for some of the marble and the chandeliers (which come from Italy), all of the materials used to create this masterpiece are from Morocco. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque's outside grounds.

We all learned a lot today.  We wish everyone that we know (and those that we don’t – looking at you, Donald Trump) could have the opportunity to learn more about this beautiful religion. 

After some delicious French food tonight (thank you, Tatiana, for the recommendation – we’re going to Cabestan.) Tomorrow, we’re off to the famous “Blue City” – Chefchaouen.