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Hassan Tower

HASSAN TOWER

The Hassan Tower in Rabat is the emblem of the Moroccan capital. Its construction was ordered in 1196 by Sultan Yacoub el Mansour. Its purpose was to build the largest mosque in the world after the Samarra Mosque located in Iraq.

Its minaret was to peak at 60 meters, but work stopped at 40 meters after the death of the sultan. Today this unfinished tower enjoys a worldwide reputation.

At the plaza of the Hassan Tower in Rabat is the Mohamed V mausoleum where King Mohammed V and his two sons Moulay Abdallah (who died on December 20, 1983) and Hassan II (who died on July 30, 1999) rest.

The construction of this mausoleum required 10 years of work from 1961 to 1971. It is a pure architectural wonder with its pyramid-shaped roof and its white Italian marble.

Visitors can reach the burial chamber via a large staircase; they can observe the sarcophagus of King Mohammed V and the two tombs of his sons from a sort of balcony.

Memorise the images in your heads, photos are prohibited.


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