Religious Identities in Casablanca

Casablanca Tour of Religious Sites

Religious Identities in Casablanca

Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat Morocco

Created By: Loren Baumberger

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Casablanca has a rich history of religion within the city. The Hassan II Mosque is the biggest mosque in Africa, showing Casablanca's rich Muslim history. Casablanca is also known for their Jewish population, housing some of the most famous synagogues in Morocco. Even remnants of colonialist religions remain within the city, although many of these churches ceased their religious functionalities. This tour allows you to view the multiple religious identities in Casablanca and their histories. The tour includes mosque, synagogues, churches, and historical areas that exemplify the beauty and religions in Casablanca.

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As the largest mosque in Africa, the Hassan II Mosque bears the name of the king at the time of construction: King Hassan II. The Hassan II Mosque's construction began in July of 1986 and was not completed until August of 1993. The mosque w... Read more
The Ettedgui Synagogue represents one of the most important synagogues in Jewish history in Casablanca. The synagogue was constructed in 1920 by the Ettedgui family, who were considered part of the bourgeois community in Casablanca. Unfortu... Read more
The Old Medina in Casablanca allows tourists and locals to see what the city was like before colonial rule. The area dates back hundreds of years, in which the Old Medina was destroyed in 1755 by an earthquake. The Old Medina was later rebu... Read more
As the economic center of Morocco, Casablanca's port represents the most significant port in Morocco. The port's constuction began in 1906, in which large docks were built in 1938 and the eastern terminal in 1996. Today, the port can servic... Read more
Casablanca has Morocco's largest concentration of synagogues and is home to the largest Jewish community in the Arab world. One of the most famous synagogues is the Temple Beth-El. The temple represents the area in which a vibrant Jewish co... Read more
The Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur, also known as the Casablanca Cathedral, was built in 1930 during the colonial era. At the time, Morocco was a part of the French protectorate, in which France was primarily Catholic. The Casablanca Cathedral w... Read more
The Notre Dame de Lourdes was built between 1953 and 1956. Despite being built fairly recently, the cathedral actually has a history dating back to the 1920s. During World War II in Casablanca, many of the French men living there went bac... Read more
The New Medina, or Habous Quarter, respresents the French influence in Casablanca. Unlike the Old Medina, the New Medina was built in the 1930s while Morocco was a part of the French protectorate. The area combines French ideals and Morocc... Read more
In the Roches Noire district, the Al-Quds Mosque serves as a peculiar Islamic religious center. In the 1920s, the building was built by a Frenchman named Eugène Lendrat. The initial purpose of the building was to serve as a Catholic churc... Read more
The Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca is the only Jewish museum in the Arab world. The museum was founded by Serge Berdugo, Jacques Toledano, Bo­ris Toledano and Simon Levy in 1997, with some help from the Moroccan government and t... Read more


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