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From Medinas To Hammams in Casa

Posted on November 9, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

Depicting a rich culture, especially through buildings styled in various architectural ways, Casablanca makes for a tour that’s nothing less than memorable. To add to the city’s historical value, there are number of ways to indulge yourself in, when here. This includes cruising along the Port, unwinding yourself at the beaches along the Atlantic seafront, touching base with the city’s history at The Jewish museum,  going in for some self indulgence at the pricey Hammams, taking one of those fun rides at the Yasmina Amusement Park.

Here are some must visit places of Casablanca.

  1. Medinas

    With the expansion of city came in the early phase of the 20th century, up came the two Medina’s –the old and the new Medinas, with old and new attractions within them.

    The New Medina

    The New Medina or the Quartier Habous (District of Holy Men) sprang up in 1930s, depicting the Arabic style of decoration. It forms the Southern part of the city of Casablanca. Moroccan architecture was combined with urban way of designing a city by the French, presenting a beautiful blend of both. With craft shops, street arcades and little squares, New Medina is pleasant to navigate. Close to the boulevard of Victor Hugo, this place has some beautiful buildings such as Mahkama (courthouse), built with marble and wood in a true Hispano-Moorish style. This building with 60 rooms, served as a courtroom and the reception room of the ancient Pasha of Casablanca.

    The old Medina

    This part of the city has some ancient remains such as a fortress dating back to 18th century in fusion with new structures built around the 20th century. An important historical sites of this place is the Sqala converted to a restaurant now, symbolizing the Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdullah reign in the 18th century, that gives a good view of the medina and it port built in the 20th century. Tomb of the 14th century saint Sidi Allal el-Kairouani  is here. Other places worth a visit here are the market place Place de la Comedie, the Sidi Kairouani sanctuary to name a few. Old Medina is also home to Chleuh Mosque located along Rue Chakab Arsalane.

  2. Beaches

    Extending along the Atlantic beachfront, the city has a number of beaches and lined with bars, clubs, eating-Casablanca beachesjoints, café and all that attract the young crowd here. A weekend stroll or the view of sunset from the rooftops of the hotels here is how the people of Casa choose to unwind themselves. Few popular beachside here are the Mohammedia up northwards, the Blvd de la Corniche in the suburb of Ain Diab, and Bouznika with one of the most famous Dar Bouazza beach a little further. Resorts here also have golf courses.

  3. Hammams

    Most of the districts here in Casa have public Hammams, something like a Turkish bath, which is a Casa experience you must not miss. For those with a little more money than the usual traveler, and also the indulgent ones, there’s Hammam Zaki.  It is like a spa that offers you massage, Jacuzzi, juice bar, steam room and other ways to rejuvenate your senses.

  4. Hassan II Mosque

    Hassan II MosqueBuilt to commemorate King Hussan II’s 60th birth anniversary in 1989, this third largest mosque of the world is a landmark of Casablanca. Open to public in 1993, there is a museum, a library, a Koranic school along with steam baths. Its minarets, 175 meters high, make it the longest religious structure of the world.

  5. Place Mohammed V

    This is the square in the centre of the city. Cafes, souvenir shops and a clock tower line up in the arcades here. The Houphouet boigny road running off from the square to the port has the memorial of Saint Sidi Belyout at its end. There are several shops and restaurants on this road. Buildings in this square have imprints of colonial French Architecture.

  6. The Jewish Museum

    The only museum in this Moroccan city, the Musee du Jadiasme Morocain or The Jewish Museum, is also the only Jewish Museum found in any of the Muslim countries of the world. . At a distance of about 5 kilometers from the center of the Casablanca, reflects the history of the Jewish community through a good collection of religious books, costumes, artefacts and other such things. In 2003, it stood witness to demonstrations for Jews-Muslim harmony after the fundamentalist bombers attacked Jewish life and property.

  7. Historical buildings

    If you have an architect in you, Casablanca has plenty to please your eyes. The Art Deco area, to the east of twin centerMedina is what you should hit first. Some Beautiful examples of unique architecture here include the Mohammed V place, the administrative headquarters built between 1927 and 1936 by Marius Boyer, the Villa des Arts, a house built in 1930s, the Cinema Rialto building etc. Some of the finest Mauresque architecture is visible in the Ville Nouvelle area.  Casablanca twin center, which serves as a commercial center with offices, eating-joints and shopping malls, also speak of the rich architectural culture of the city.

  8. Religious places

    The religious places in Casablanca are not only meant for those of you who are religious. They also stand witness to the history of the city. Some known religious places of the city include The Grand Mosque built in 19th century by Sultan Mohammed Ibn – to mark a victory over Portuguese and recapturing Afna. In the city’s largest park – Parc de La Ligue Arable, is another place of worship – the Sacred Heart Cathedral or the Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur. This European style building is embellished with many Moroccan motifs. It is not used for worship any more.  There’s another Church here, worth a visit – the Church of Notre Dame Lourdes.

  9. Parc de la Ligue Arabe and other parks

    Parc de la Ligue Arabe This is the biggest park in Casablanca and is apt for a good walk as well as entertainment. It has a number of cafes and the well-known Yasmina amusement Park that has many fun rides. In the center of the city is the Arab League Park with palm trees and many cafes. Near Dar Bouazza is the Aqua Park, covering an area of 70 000 square meter.

  10. The Casablanca Port

    One of the largest port of Africa, you could pitch in for cruising, fishing or just for a relaxed boating experience.

  11. Excursions

    If you are game for excursions, there are plenty of nearby places to explore. Moroccan capital city, Rabat, is just 70 kilometers away and has lot to offer to the tourists. To the south of Casa, at a distance of 240 kilometers, is the city of Marrakech, known among tourists for its street markets and shopping areas.

Casa, as Casablanca is fondly called, has something for everybody. All you need to do is pack your bags for a wonderful trip ahead.

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