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Religious Casablanca: Morning Spiritual Tour Including Hassan II Mosque Visit

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    You'll start your Casablanca tour with a lesson in Islam and a visit to the largest mosque in Morocco — and the third largest in the world. With its minaret towering up 210 metres, the Hassan II Mosque blends Islamic architecture with Moroccan elements, Moorish influences with urban design. If you’re up on your Moroccan architecture, some of the design elements may seem familiar — see if you can spot the similarities with other Moroccan buildings such as the unfinished Hassan mosque in Rabat and the Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech.

    As you explore, learn some interesting facts about Islam that are unique to Morocco. For example, while Islam doesn’t permit followers to believe in any god beyond Allah, some locals continue to make sacrifices to Sidi Abderrahmane, who is considered to be a saint by many Moroccans. Locals often ask for his blessing, especially in the Arabic month of Chaabane, before Ramadan, and go to his shrine off the coast of Casablanca for healing from disease, fertility issues and even finding a mate!

    Next up, it’s time to learn about Casablanca’s Jewish heritage with a trip to the mellah (Jewish quarter) of the old medina. It is here that the city’s Jewish past has been best preserved, and is also where it continues to live today. There are some 5,000 Jews currently living in Casablanca, and the city is home to more than 30 synagogues, plus Jewish monuments, cemeteries and shrines. (And plenty of kosher restaurants as well — be sure to ask your local guide for tips on where to grab a bite to eat after your tour!). Because the mellah was only established less than a century ago, it’s relatively young by Moroccan standards, but it is an important piece of local Jewish history.

    We’ll then work our way over to a gorgeous museum inside a home, where a private collection of Moroccan artwork awaits. This house is the former home of Abderrahman Slaoui, a Moroccan businessman who loved the arts. As we peruse the artworks, we’ll stop for a refreshing Moroccan mint tea to help perk us up for the short walk to our next stop.

    From there, we’ll take our private transport over to the imposing Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, with its architecture that’s oh-so-different from what you expect to find in Morocco! The European-inspired church towers over its neighbouring buildings.

    Finally, we’ll again take a private taxi transfer to the Museum of Moroccan Judaism, which features collections and exhibits covering 2,000 years of Jews in Morocco. You’ll find videos, photographs, paintings, sculptures and historic documents explaining the past and present of local Jewish life.

    After exploring the museum, your guide will escort you back to your hotel (or some other centrally located drop off point) via private transfer. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for tips on what else to see and do in Casablanca.
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    Departure Point
    248 Boulevard Sour Jdid, Casablanca, Morocco
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Museum of Moroccan Judaism, 81 Rue du chasseur Jules Cros, Casablanca, Morocco
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Mint tea
    • Private transport during the tour
    Exclusions
    • Personal shopping
    • Transportation to/from the meeting and end points
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • As this tour visits religious sites, please dress conservatively. Women should bring a head scarf for wearing inside the mosque.
    • For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    We met our guide Bennis Hicham at Rick's Cafe, this was easy yo find via a taxi. The original meeting placed was changed to Rick's Cafe, we were alerted in adequate time and via email. On our tour day, there were only two of us,...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank suelaroux
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The Religious Casablanca tour was just amazing and offered the opportunity to see the major spots in the city. Our guide Bennis Hicham was really nice and funny and was great in sharing his knowledge with us. I truly recommend this tour!!

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank MatMat43
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I had a great day. Saw areas of Casablanca that I will had never visit. The guide was knowledgeable. Will recommended to anyone who will be stopping in Casablanca.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Julie C
    Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

    Excellent tour around the religious sites of Casablanca. Some of the planned locations were unavailable but our guide was able to substitute some different sites and make sure we got the most of the tour. Bennis was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank JaciVet
    Reviewed 1 September 2019

    As first time visitors to Casablanca, we booked this tour prior to leaving Australia, on recommendation from a travel agent friend who had undertaken the tour earlier in the year. Our guide Bennis Hicham was extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond in sharing his...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank ChrisG1311
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