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Cruising Article – 2011-04-08

Historical buildings in Casablanca, Morocco

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Casablanca is Morocco's largest city and also its most modern, although parts of the "old Casablanca" are still preserved in certain areas. Those looking for the Hollywood imagery of an exotic oasis should consider a trip to Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, they'll be able to stroll through a bazaar, complete with soothsayers, snake charmers and street performers. You'll also be able to visit famous Moroccan landmarks, such as the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia Minaret, the oldest mosque in the country.

Back in Casablanca proper, there's still plenty for tourists to see and do. Be sure to tour the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V. Not only is this building a beautiful example of the city's exotic architecture, but you'll also be able to learn about the life and times of one of the country's greatest rulers.

Next door to the mausoleum, don't miss the Hassan Tower, a standing example of unfinished ambition. This massive building began construction in the 12th century and would have been one of the largest mosques in the world. However, it was never completed and an earthquake destroyed part of the foundation in 1755. Despite the fact that the mosque is only half-finished, you'll still be able to marvel at the epic nature of the designer's original plans.